As the name suggests,
Miniature is a unit concerned with small but exquisite works of
art in a variety of fields including fashion design and antique
Marco and Liliana Feira came from Italy to Auroville in 1995 and
their unit at the Sharnga settlement. They wished to work 'in
miniature' compared to the scale of operations in their previous
careers, thus freeing time for the pursuit of their wide artistic
interests. Their intention was also to practice integral yoga
by integrating T'ai Chi and meditation into their working lives.
different projects which have affinity with each other, we are
continually widening our horizons. Research, creativity and experimentation
are fundamental to our work and we move freely from one creative
field to another.
hall and dojo
house in Sharnga one finds the T'ai Chi hall, while a Japanese
dojo for early morning meditation and inner Chi work is located
under Liliana's studio-cum-workshop nearby. Both T'ai Chi and
meditation have a physical effect and exert a powerful influence
on the conduct of our everyday life. A welcome is extended to
all interested Aurovilians and guests who wish to participate.
has had a successful career in fashion, exporting clothes from
Indonesia to Italy, but she now employs a staff of only eight,
which ensures her personal
involvement in every stage of the design and production process.
Using fabrics which are made in rural India, she is continually
devising new ways of combining the traditional with the contemporary.
The garments she creates are sold in Auroville's boutiques and
Marco has thirty years experience in searching for antique art,
architectural and tribal objects, and he still sometimes exports
antiques or sells them in Auroville. This activity supports his
interest in the promotion of a wide variety of cultural events.
His latest initiative is to establish a cultural and interactive
arts magazine and gallery on the web with the aim to promote artists
from Auroville and to keep resident Aurovilians in touch with
cultural events throughout the world.