The Penelope Gandhi mission is considered to be an attempt, within the framework of the Oreon University activities. It is regarded as a non profitable operation with participants from cultural organizations and academic staff from the University of Crete and its aim is to highlight, save, preserve and spread the cultural heritage concerning the loom and textile art in Crete.
The “sacred art of textile in Crete today”, is included in the vast area of volunteer work conducted from the University of Oreon and its main aim is the resurgence of the textile art in the villages of Crete and the opportunity to contact people who represent in an authentic way the cultural tradition of the island and at the same time preserve, spread and talk about the art of the loom and of the textiles.
The mission will consist of events, site visits, discussions, exchange of opinions, recording and videotaping of the gatherings and furthermore recording of the narration concerning the preserved pieces of art and also events, exhibitions, innovative tutorial interventions, the circulation and publication of important material that deals with such activities.
The sensitization of people is our main goal and it is believed that this will contribute to the conservation of the cultural heritage and its dissemination to the generations to come. At the same time, it will provide people and households of the suburbs with the opportunity to benefit and confront the economical and social crisis that our country is plagued by.