Weavers wheel network 2008

WEAVERS WHEEL NETWORK 2007-2008

DEAR FRIENDS,
TODAY I AM WRITING MY LAST COMMON LETTER OF THE SEASON TO UP DATE ALL OF YOU REGARDING OUR NETWORK ACTIVITIES IN GOA.

I AM HERE FOR A SHORT WHILE. MY SISTER IRENE FROM ITALY IS ALSO HERE ENJOINING HER VACATIONS.SHE LOVE TO PLAY WITH SANJAY’S KIDS, RENUKA AND DURGA AND WITH VALENTINA’S CHILD, LAKSHMAN. EVERY MORNING THE KIDS ENJOY THIS – SO CALLED – “SUMMER CAMP” AND LEARN SWIMMING IN THE POOL, AFTERNOON TO THE BEACH TO PLAY IN THE WATER AND SEE THE SUNSET, AND ALL THE DAY THEY PLAY CREATING A JOYFUL ATMOSPHERE AROUND ME AND OUR TEAM…

RENUKA AND DURGA SCHOOL IN PUNE WILL START ON THE 15TH JUNE. RENUKA WILL GO TO 1ST STANDARD, DURGA TO UKG.
THE SCHOOL IS AN HOLISTIC SCHOOL NEAR TO MAHER.

DURING THE PAST MONTHS WE HAVE MANY VISITORS HERE IN OUR WEAVERS WHEEL OFFICE IN GOA. VARIOUS ITALIANS WHO  VANTED TO BE CLOSER TO OUR ACTIVITIES AND NETWORK BUT ALSO, I AM PLEASED TO SAY, VARIOUS INTERESTING INDIAN SOCIAL WORKERS, ARTISANS, ARTIST, CRAFT PEOPLE…

JUST TO SAY A FEW NAMES: FROM HYMALAYA, RASHMI BHARTHI, FROM ANDHRA PRADESH UZRAMMA, FROM DELHI AVANI KUMAR, FROM KERALA JINAN. WE SPENT TIME IN SHARING OUR FEELINGS, EXPERIENCES, DREAMS AND MADE A FEW STEPS AND EFFORTS TO RENTER OUR SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION SHARING OUR BELIEF IN COMMUNITY, CRAFT, AND NETWORK BUILDING.

WE ALSO RECEIVED A FEW YOUTH FROM VILLAGES OFFERING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT – LIKE THIS IN GOA – FILTERED BY OUR SOCIAL CONCERN.

WE RECEIVED AND ENCOURAGED SOME YOUNG MUSICIANS OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND INTRODUCED THEM IN THE GOA CONTEST (ORGANIZING A FEW PROGRAM IN PRIVATE PLACES AND IN KALA ACADEMY).

WE ARE CREATING AN INFORMAL NETWORK OF SOCIAL ACTIVISTS RESIDING IN GOA.

MY TRADITIONAL WOODEN HAND LOOM WAS DIS PLIED IN OUR KHADI STALL AT THE INGO SATURDAY NIGHT BAZAR AT ARPORA DURING THE TURISTIC SEASON. I WAS WEAVING  REMINDING TO THE VISITORS THE – OFTEN FORGOTTEN – VALUES OF  KHADI AND TELLING THEM THE STORY OF MALKHA, THE CONTEMPORARY COTTON FABRIC IN HARMONY WITH THE ANCIENT GANDHIAN IDEOLOGY AND SIMILARLY IN HARMONY WITH THE CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENT CONTEST.

AFTER ONE YEAR GAP THIS  WAS A GOOD RE-STARTING FOR ME AND I COMMIT TO REPRESENT TEXTILE CRAFT ARTISANS AND COMMUNITIES IN GOA OPERATING HERE FOR ANOTHER 3 TOURISTIC SEASONS.

I AM STILL WORKING HARD IN CLOSING THE ACCOUNTS OF THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

OUR ACTIVITIES ARE DIVIDED IN FOUR MAIN CHAPTERS: COMMERCIAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND PRIVATE.

WE HAVE 3 OPERATIONAL CENTRES: ONE IN GANDHIGRAM, ONE IN ALAMPUNDI VILLAGE (TAMILNADU) AND THIS IN GOA.

ALL THIS IS POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE TEAM OF INDIPENDENT SOCIAL WORKERS ASSOCIATED WITH US: THAVAMANI, THULASI, S.KUMAR, SAJI, RAJAMANICKAM, KUMARESAN, MUKESH AND OTHERS.

I AM WORKING NOW IN GOA WITH THE HELP OF MARIA, A SWEET GOAN LADY WHO JOINED AS OFFICE ASSISTANT AND WILL BE HERE ALSO IN MY ABSENCE. JUST AFTER CLOSING THE ACCOUNTS I WILL WORK ON THE PPP PARTICIPATED PRODUCTION PLANNING FOR THE 2008-2009.

ON THE 3RD VALENTINA WILL COME TO TAKE HER CHILD. ON 6TH MY SISTER WILL GO BACK TO ITALY. ON 13TH JUNE I AND SANJAY’S FAMILY WILL LEAVE FOR PUNE BY OUR “ZUCCONI” MARUTI VAN. THE VAN WAS PURCHASED THANKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD VINCENZO ZUCCONI, RECEIVED IN ITALY LAST NOVEMBER FOR MY SOCIAL SERVICE.

I AM GOING TO ITALY ON THE 20TH JUNE AND WILL BE WITH MY PARENTS AND ANIMATING OUR NETWORK’S TEAM IN ITALY  FOR A WHILE. I WILL BE BACK IN INDIA THE 2ND OF  OCTOBER AND WILL BE OPERATING IN GOA BY NOVEMBER.

MY MOBILE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE OFFICE ASSISTANT MRS. MARIA WHO WILL ANSWER TO THOSE WHO NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH US.
MARIA WILL ALSO TAKE CARE OF THE POSTAL RECEIVED IN GOA AND INFORM ME IN CASE OF ANY URGENT MATTER.
OF COURSE I AM REACHABLE BY E-MAIL.
I WOULD DEFENETLY APPRECIATED TO GET TIME TO TIME NEWS FROM YOU.

LOVE, PEACE AND JOY
ALESSANDRA (JAI CHANDRA)

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Alessandra L’Abate
Khadi and Malkha Activist, Hand weaver, Sarvodaya worker,

for contact with Weavers’ Wheel network:
English: weaverswheel@gmail.com
Italian: alessandra.briciole@gmail.com
(mobile used mainly for sms) +919764683447

Address in Goa:
Alessandra L’Abate
Weavers’ Wheel – Ethical Tours and Textiles
G-2 Landscape Royale lll,
Porbavaddo, CALANGUTE 403516
Bardez dt. – Goa

Address in Gandhigram:
Post Box 5
70, R.S. Nagar
Gandhigram P.O. 624302
Dindigul dt. – Tamilnadu

if you wish to network with international weavers and spinners, textiles artisans and farmers:
www.weavearealpeace.org, www.craftrevival.org;

Activities with the children:
www.my.opera.com/siraguviri

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