World Cup Rugs 2.0
Client / year / roleSH / 2022 / design & concept development
Workers on the construction sites of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, originate from many countries. One of the most frequent nationalities is Nepali.
The booming economies of other Asian countries have influenced a large number of men to leave Nepal with the hope of improving the livelihood of themselves and their families. This has left a dwindling workforce to maintain traditional craftsmanship in the country. Rugs and processed fibers, which used to be Nepal’s biggest export, have now been surpassed by the export of cheap migrant labour.
World Cup Rugs is a collection of rugs produced in Kathmandu, Nepal bringing attention to the interwoven conflicts between the construction of facilities for the World Cup, the textile production of Nepal and the inhumane treatment of guest workers.
As a long lasting reminder, the rugs aim to encourage fans and involved parties to continue the critical debate post-World Cup and demand that future host nations improve the welfare of its guest workers.