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Reams of recycled plastic, used to weave the basket fibers together. Burks brought some materials, like fabric and rope, to the village for experimenting, but for the most part, he tried to let the women work as they were used to. “In general with these sorts of projects, I like to say that we use the hand where the hand is most useful, and we use the machine where the machine is most useful. There are certain materials that are toxic that we didn’t want to introduce to their village and there are certain expenses in transporting those materials back and forth that we didn’t want to incur. That’s in part why the project was done both there and at home.”