A 23-year-old student in the United States found a really creative outlet to channel her woes during the COVID-19 pandemic
Putri Samboda, who is currently studying in Washington DC, started upcycling old food packaging instead of throwing them away.
Sharing her projects on Instagram, she created some high fashion pieces such as White Rabbit candy wrapper-lined heels and even a top and bottom from Samyang and Indomie instant noodle packaging.
Hailing from Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Putri told SAYS she began upcycling because she was feeling stressed out while staying alone in the US during quarantine
"I actually did my first upcycling piece two years ago which was the Khong Guan bag," she said when asked what was her inspiration for starting the project.
"But the whole idea is about combining high fashion items with common local goods."
One of her most liked pieces on Instagram is a pair of loafers that she had refashioned with McDonald's iconic paper bags.
"Initially, I wanted to get rid of my old Gucci flats, but since I'm really into upcycling, I thought it'd be cool if I could rework them and name it McLoafers," she said in an interview with HYPEBAE.
"I came up with the idea after I had 20 pieces of Chicken McNuggets."
Putri revealed to SAYS that she is actually self-taught and learnt everything there was to know about redesigning clothes online
"I don't have any fashion background so I learned sewing, pattern-making, and the rest from YouTube tutorials," she said.
She added that it took her a few days to complete a piece and that it was relatively easy to come up with ideas, but it still took her time to experiment with different materials.
"It really depends, but the longest was my rice sack skirt which took me a week."
A lot of her fans have since been asking Putri to put her unique fashion wear and accessories up for sale
"I'm thinking of it now since a lot of people have been asking. But it might take some time, since I want to make sure that the quality of my work is really up to standard," she answered.
Until then, she will be creating more garments out of odd everyday items.
The latest experiment she said is going to be a bathroom water scoop.
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