18.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

The first Evaluation Day of the World Crafts Council (WCC) Award of Excellence for Handicrafts at the Ministry of Trade Office, Jakarta, 18 August 2014

The first Evaluation Day of the World Crafts Council Award of Excellence for Handicrafts was held in Jakarta on 18 August 2014 by the National Crafts Council of Indonesia in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia in close collaboration with the World Crafts Council - Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR).

Established to encourage craft-workers to use traditional skills and materials, the “Award of Excellence for Handicrafts” programme was established by UNESCO in 2001 (formerly known as the ‘SEAL of Excellence’ programme) aimed to ensure the continuation of traditional knowledge and skills and the preservation of cultural diversity in the region. Owing to its success, the programme has been expanded worldwide until 2012. WCC continues the programme under the patronage of UNESCO and starts within the Asia Pacific region in 2014.

This year, the programme received 251 high quality craft products from following categories: Textile, Natural Fibers, Ceramics, Wood, Stone, Metals, Other Natural Resources and Other Composite Materials from Southeast Asian, South Asian, West Asian and South Pacific countries.

All applications will be assessed by 7 international panel experts at the Ministry of Trade Building in Jakarta from 18 to 21 August 2014 to meet a set of four key criterias and two pre-conditions. The panel experts will judge the submitted products in the criteria of excellence, authenticity, innovation and marketability. The respect for environment in materials and production techniques as well as the social responsibility were taken into account to the benchmark of the award.

The winner announcement is scheduled to take place on 1 September 2014. The winning products of the WCC Award will be promoted through an exhibition in Dongyang, China to commemorate the WCC’s 50th Anniversary.

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