Pearls for Peace features Basil Anik, OWI Gift Catalog 2010Presentation Transcript
Welcome toOne World Institute’s “Pearls for Peace”a project for the soul….FeaturingBasil Anik, Artist Artisan Craftsmanship From the Seas of Southern Philippines December 2010
About the Artist: Basil Anikof Jolo, Sulu
Bas and his wife have four children. He is saving money to send them to school. Living on the water at the Tulay (bridge) in Jolo, Bas is a fisherman who makes dried fish to sell. Recently, he volunteered his humble house on the water for The One World Institute’s “Movie Nights” and a reading program for children sponsored by Thomas M. Ortega Stern. “Books for the Barrios” supplied the books.
Basil Anik’s home has been disrupted by many conflicts caused by war. Last year, an errant missile hit the Anik home and wounded his father-in-law, mother-in-law, and two sons. The year before, his home was ruined by a typhoon. People helped to rebuild Bas’home for the fourth time --- in true “rebuilding community” spirit.
When we first started “Movie Nights”, we were expecting 50 children. Instead, almost 300 came from all the stilt houses --- but due to the unexpected heavy weight of these movie-goers, the bridge fell. We had to postpone the project until the community’s residents fetched bamboo from the mountains to rebuild and reinforce the bridge. Bas’ “tulay” (bridge yard over the water) for “Movie Nights”
One day at a time… life changed for the residents of the Tulay.
Children come to read with volunteers from the local schools. Games and contests are organized for them during special holidays. Bas is also now supervising a “Basketball for Peace Program.” Teams compete on a beach court when low tide sets in. Basketball teams’ uniforms are made locally for US$100.00 per team. The donor gets his own colors and company name on the uniforms. At the end of each final tournament, the players keep their uniforms.
Most of the young adults in 2010 came to get tutored at the Tulay. All of them have graduated. As they look forward to being in high school, we celebrate their achievements as milestones. Bas’ House – Children coming for school supplies from The One World Institute
Bas began experimenting with creating brooches by following instructions from a “do-it-yourself” book. Today, your donation of every pin provides pocket money for food to the apprentices who come to assist in polishing and shining the finished products. Bas cannot make new brooches until he dispatches this batch because he had invested his savings for tools and materials.
In areas where war can wreak havoc and destroy communities, a sustainable livelihood through the artisan craftsmanship of these “pearls for peace” saves many lives. We thank you for making it possible for Basil Anik and his apprentices to continue creating one-of-a-kind brooches.
“Sulu Wildlife Series” Brooches – Material .999 Silver from Tongkil Island and Sulu Mother of Pearl The traditional brooches depict fruits and flowers of Sulu. The pins are worn by both male and female for the “sablay”--- or to hold a shirt closed or to keep a scarf secure. Men wear it on their lapels and women pin it to their head scarves. There are many uses for the pin, so let your imagination go to work.
One definition of “sablay” is “a loose piece of clothing, worn by a person, that is simple yet elegant and joined in front by an ornament; and two, the draping object or fabric on the shoulder.” Since the brooch is made of pure silver, it is soft to the touch and needs delicate handling. No two brooches are alike.
Brooches in 14/18Kt gold can be custom-made to your specifications, too. Please contact us at WildPearl8@gmail.com for any special orders.
$25.00 for one brooch
$45.00 for two brooches
Volume Discount: For 10 to 20 brooches,
get 10% discount
For any brooch at $50 or more,
get 15% discount for the Holiday Season
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Durian fruit Handcrafted .999Silver Jackfruit Handcrafted .999 Silver