La Buona Causa

This is an international crowdfunding / Questa è una raccolta fondi internazionale.

By collecting € 90,000 we can ensure the Maestro Chiara Vigo has an adequate space to keep alive the art of marine Bisso and a platform from which the last Master of Byssus can maintain a connection with the world.

The students of Chiara Vigo, together with the Associazione Il filo dell'Acqua, are inviting you to be among the first to help us raise the funds needed to make this room a permanent and independent cultural space.


Pressing the green button you will CONTRIBUTE to buy the room that is currently rented by the association Il filo dell'Acqua as Maestro Chiara Vigo's studio from 2017: clicking then on PAYPAL you will contribute using your credit/debit card or your Paypal account. The transaction will be directly processed on the secure Paypal servers.

If you choose to donate the suggested amount of €300 (or more) you will receive as a sign of our gratitude an original lapwing! Lapwings (pavoncelle) are one of the most ancient and characteristic designs of Chiara's Sardinian family tradition. These 300 lapwings will be all different, personally hand drawn and signed by M. Chiara Vigo on antique fabrics.

Please use as the title of your €300 contribution “MY LAPWING” and then follow the indications of the website for posting “Your private message to the beneficiary”, leaving your name, surname and postal address”. (In addiction you can also write a public message if you desire it).

SMALLER DONATIONS ARE ALSO WELCOME! If you cannot donate the full amount you can still help us contributing with a donation of any ammount. We encourage you to involve friends or family in a collective donation to reach the 300 and get the lapwing gift!

*If the donation phase on the platform gets a bit tricky or requiries multiple atempts please be patient. When the donation is successful you should receive an email of confirmation and be able to verify it also through your account.

What will happen if we fail to raise the money in time?

We trust that all together we can make the impossible happen! But we can hypothesise some possibilities that will be further defined as the campaign progresses and taking into account the will of the Maestro when it will eventually be time to decide:

-Try to continue to rent this space, postponing the date of the possible purchase (which now has the deadline of November 2018!) and continuing in the meantime with the fundraising.

-Look for an alternative space to rent temporarily in the area while we look for another space to buy.

We would prefer to avoid this option: the actual space in Via Regina Margherita is very close to Chiara's house. She does not drive a car and does not own one, so in this way it can be reached on foot. This was one of the fundamental conditions that the Maestro expressed when we asked her to keep her door open after the closing of her old museum (*If you are interested in the full story see to be there for both the world and her family. In addition, although of modest size compared to the old Museum, this room contains a very special story because it was once home to the School of weaving of Leonilde Mereu, former Maestro as well as Chiara Vigo's grandmother.

If the raised money will not be enough to buy the space and none of these alternatives can be put in practice, Associazione il filo dell'Acqua commits itself to use the fundings for the “dissemination and enhancement of the artistic, intellectual, ideal and human heritage - or of the work - of Master of byssus Chiara Vigo”, as foreseen by its statute.

In any case, due to the nature of this crowdfunding donations will not be returned.

We invite you to stay updated through this website and the FB page If the world wants / Se il mondo vuole.

How exactly will the collected donations be used?

The amount of 90.000 is what is needed to pay the asking price of the current location and cover this year rent, notary fees and taxes and the possibility of making some urgently needed maintenance. A part of the budget will be used for the postal expenses necessary to make the 300 lapwings fly all over the world.

What will happen if we success in raising the money?

300 lapwings will have flown around the world... and the world would keep benefiting of the free access to the presence and art of Chiara Vigo, the last Master of Bisso.

For any further info you can contact us at (please use as object of the email “300 LAPWINGS”).