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Workshop on safeguarding and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship in the Asia-Pacific region

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Workshop on safeguarding and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship in the Asia-Pacific region

Full view of the meeting place

Traditional craftsmanship, an integral part of intangible cultural heritage, holds particular spiritual value, way of thinking and imagination in every country and nation. It embodies the cultural tradition, life experience and aesthetic taste of a nation, as well as demonstrates the vitality and creativity of it. It is the brainchild of the masses in every country and nation.

From Oct 17 -20, 2013, a workshop on the safeguarding and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship in the Asia-Pacific region was held in Hangzhou, China. Over 30 people from UNESCO regional offices and regional centers of the lists of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage and 17 Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Myanmar and Nepal and countries in other regions attended the workshop. They are experts engaged in the research and preservation of traditional craftsmanship, master traditional craftsmen or heads of related institutions. A dozen workers protecting intangible cultural heritage in China also attended the meeting as observers.

Prior to the workshop, representatives were invited to attend the Pacific-Asia Traditional Craftsmanship Fair held in Hangzhou. They observed and studied the inheritance program and achievements in the protection of traditional craftsmanship of every country. They also learned more about the cultural connotations and value of traditional craftsmanship to further improve the scientific protection and inheritance of traditional craftsmanship and jointly explored methods for sustainable development.

Workshop on safeguarding and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship in the Asia-Pacific region

Group photo

Basic Information

The main content of the workshop included the keynote speech, lecture and cultural inspection. Chinese and English were the working languages.

Topic

1. The advantage of traditional craftsmanship in ecological civilization construction

2. The protection and inheritance of traditional craftsmanship

3. The innovation and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship

Representatives:

Nationality

Name

Institution and Position

China

Wu Yingwen

Representative inheritor of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program “crystal carving”

Wen Qiangang

Representative inheritor of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program “lacquer engraving”

Wang Shuwen

 

Gao Gongbo

 

Zhou Jinyun

Representative inheritor successor of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program “ou su (color emboss)”

Sun Jianjun

Researcher of the National Arts Academy of China

Qiu Chunlin

Researcher and deputy head of the Arts and Crafts Institute of National Arts Academy of China

Shang Gang

Professor at the Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University; director of Academic Committee

The Philippines

Ricardo FAVIS

Bangkok office of the UNESCO; cultural program expert

Bernadette DAVID

Art officer and curator of the Philippines culture and art national committee

Peru

Fernando VILLAFUERTE

 

Director of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center in Latin America

Indonesia

Gaura MANCACARITADIPURA

Advisor to the deputy head of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia

India

Ritu SETHI

chairman of the Indian National Craftsmanship Renaissance Foundation

The USA

Linda LOMAHAFTEWA

Assistant Professor,Institute of American Indian Arts

Nepal

Rajesh Kazi SHERSTHA

President

Myanmar

Khin Maung HTWE

HTWE OO MYANMAR Puppetry Home

Tonga

Penisimani FIFITA

Chief program officer of the ministry of Culture of Tonga

 Afganistan  Rangina HAMIDI  

Cultural Activity

Wangxinji Fan

Workshop on safeguarding and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship in the Asia-Pacific region

Trainees watch how a Wangxinji Fan is made.

Wangxingji Fan Mill boasts a 126 year history. In further developing and strengthening the undertaking, the mill has constructed a colorful kingdom of fans using traditional techniques, rich variety and a quality brand. It is the only antique fan mill still existing in China.

Workshop on safeguarding and sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship in the Asia-Pacific region

Trainees watch how a Wangxinji Fan is made.

There are more than 400 varieties of products in 15 categories. For example, the black-paper fan has won fame as "a fan like half of an umbrella". The fine silk fan is of delicate beauty. The hanging fan is extraordinarily dignified and impressive in appearance. The silk dancing fan is graceful. The sandalwood fan is inexpensive but elegant. The fans made by Wangxingji are called "the treasure of Oriental art" by overseas friends.

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