wabi-sabi (Japan) Japanese aesthetic and philosophy based on the Buddhist notions of imperfection and transience. In Japanese, the literal meaning of wabi is poverty, and sabi aloneness or desolateness. Aesthetically, wabi refers to transient and austere beauty, the beauty of things in the state of coming or going; sabi to shadow and subtlety or aged patina. In the West, wabi-sabi often describes an aesthetic philosophy, whereas in Japan it is a mindfulness that is integral to daily life. Wabi-sabi is intrinsic to dosa’s every endeavor. Imperfection is seen as a positive, a state of potential and reminder of human-ness. Transience allows one to move, to be flexible, and to see more openly. Leonard Koren’s book on wabi-sabi and Jun'ichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows have been important resources for dosa.
WomenWeave (India) charitable trust committed to transforming handloom weaving into a viable, sustainable, and autonomous income-earning activity for women. WomenWeave (WW) was started in 1998 by Sally Holkar, who co-founded the non-profit Rehwa Society in 1978 to help weavers in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. Handloom weaving is the second largest source of livelihood in India’s remote and semi-urban populations, supporting seven million Indian families. With the industry eroding and husbands and sons leaving for opportunities in urban areas, women stay behind at home taking care of young children or vying for low pay as day laborers. At WomeWeave, mothers, daughters, and wives are taught weaving, product design, business skills, and marketing. WomenWeave focuses on completely unskilled women who have no other source of income, favoring those who are divorced, widowed, separated, handicapped, or are agricultural laborers. By linking weavers with cotton farmers of the Nimar district, they have direct access to quality raw materials. dosa works with WomenWeave’s Gudi Mudi Project in Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. “Gudi mudi” means scrunched in the local language and describes the attractive, natural quality of their handspun, handwoven khādī fabrics. Since its inception in 2007, the Gudi Mudi Project has trained more than 160 women to weave or spin, empowering the weakest and poorest section of women in the area. (2013)