Threads crossing the warp – CROSSWARP

Threads crossing the warp – CROSSWARP

The main objective of the project is a process of apprenticeship and collaboration on the traditional art of weaving. The project develops itself in depth (education, inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, production) and in breadth (dissemination, creation of educational and productive points in five European countries and an open to everyone, digital platform with educational material). It connects the past with the future by attempting to revive a traditional art in the modern world and to design social cooperative enterprises that will create jobs for people with intellectual disabilities and other vulnerable groups of people from the typical population. A second aim is to provide the material and the expertise to people who wish to lead training weaving workshops.

More specifically the project aims to:

  • To ensure the maintenance of weaving workshops in vocational training centers and set up new ones.
  • The development of manuals for (a) the trainers and (b) the trainees with intellectual disabilities.
  • Improve the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by giving the chance to local communities to attend in inclusive weaving seminars.
  • Create job positions related to the field of weaving.

The project aims to contribute to the revival of traditional Weaving Art, an art that is in danger of being forgotten, as the weaving process has been mechanized, the hand loom has been replaced by the weaving machine. The revival of the hand-held loom thus, has a wider reference to intangible cultural heritage. At the same time, it has a great educational value due to its potential for the development of fine and thin motor skills, attention, concentration and psychosocial development, especially for people with mental disabilities.

The methodology of the project is based on the balance between the theoretical and the practical training as well as the management of traditional techniques in modern times. Since weaving by its nature requires synergies of different specialties (qualities), which complement each other, the project will attempt to be developed through the principles of collaboration through craft. Finally, it will be governed by the principles of inclusion, giving space to the coexistence of different groups of the population (general population, disabled people, elderly people, immigrants from countries with tradition in the subject, etc.).

In terms of impact, the CROSSWARP project aims to strengthen the creation of loom workshops in the Vocational Training Centers in the participating countries at first (across Europe thereafter) by offering integrated training tools. As far as longer-term benefits are concerned, the project will highlight training in weaving as a field for the development of social cooperative enterprises in the context of the promotion of KALO, which can ensure employment for people from vulnerable social groups.

Partners in the project:

  1. Harokopio University of Athens (Greece)
  2. Astra National Museum, Sibiu (Romania)
  3. European University of Tirana (Albania)
  4. VTC MARGARITA (Greece)
  5. Theotokos Foundation (Greece)
  6. COGAMI Proxectos (Spain)
  7. Fundação AFID Diferença (Portugal)

Contact Point: Dr. Ketrina Çabiri Mijo