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my last circular I had given a brief report on the 27th
World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Regional Assembly
held in Metsovo, Greece. Two important programmes took
place in October 2004 before I handed over charge. One
was woven around the Young Craftspersons Competition
(YCC) - the Jewellery Convention titled Grass to Gold.
Most of the countries of the Asia Pacific Region participated
actively by sending entries to the YCC, taking stall
space at the exhibition and enrolling delegates at the
other important programme was the UNESCO South Asian
Seal of Excellence Programme which was held in New Delhi
around which 5 Product Development Workshops were held.
In the Seal programme, entries were received from Sri
Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. More...
International Buyer – Seller Meet was also held
to coincide with the International Handicrafts and Gifts
Fair. These major events were interactive and held with
the support of the office of the Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India,
New Delhi which is apex body for craft development in
was only a beginning of International participatory
programmes. In the forthcoming events, which are being
planned to coincide with the second UNESCO Seal of Excellence
for 2005, we hope to attract participants from more
is planning to organize the programme "International
Symposium cum Workshop on Natural Dyes" to be held
during the 3rd week of February in 2006, Hyderabad,
India . All details are available on the World Crafts
Council of Asia Pacific Region website as well as the
UNESCO website http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/craftseal
go through the enclosed detailed proposals and respond
with relevant information. In my personal capacity as
well as the past President of World Crafts Council Asia
Pacific Region, I have been asked to coordinate the
programme with all the 5 regions of the World Crafts
Council International. A sub-committee was formed at
the Dhaka Assembly for gathering information on Indigo
and other Natural dyes. The members of the subcommittee
are Ms. Noorjehan Bilgrami of Pakistan, Mr. Edric Ong
of Sarawak, Malaysia and Ms. Ruby Ghuznavi of Bangladesh.
The sub-committee members will assist in collecting
all the relevant data on all aspects for the implementation
of this project. To coincide with this programme I request
this sub-committee to plan an exhibition of products
using indigo and other natural dyes at Hyderabad. They
should later plan to take this exhibition to London
and New York with the help of the Metropolitan Museum
of Arts, (New York) and Victoria and Albert Museum(London).
I sincerely hope that the committee will coordinate
all the necessary data and information in connection
with this proposed International Seminar / Workshop.
at Vientiane (Loas), the Hon. Prime Minister of India,
Dr. Manmohan Singh emphasized the fact that the long-term
partnership agreement which was signed recently would
provide a new dimension to the relations between India
and the 10 powerful ASEAN countries. This landmark document
incorporates a plan of action for more intensive cooperation
between New Delhi and the ASEAN countries in political
economy, science, technology , health, culture and other
key spheres. Since there is so much scope for conducting
mutually beneficial programmes, I suggest that the President
and the Asia Pacific board members approach the heads
of ASEAN and SAARC countries to network with them and
plan programmes in the area of handicrafts development
and support to craft communities in all these countries.
This is an opportunity which should not be missed by
the APR Secretariat to organize mutually beneficial
programmes for the Asia Pacific region.
I have had tremendous support from the Vice-Presidents
and members of the region in carrying out my duties
as President, WCC APR. I hope all the sub regions will
continue to extend the same cooperation and support
to the new president in all future activities and programmes.
As you are aware, WCC-APR is the most active of all
regions of World Crafts Council International and I
am sure you will all ensure that the momentum is kept
must a be continuous line of dialogue between the Vice
President and each and every member in the sub regions.
Everyone must collectively make an effort to enrol as
members those countries which have not as yet joined
the World Craft Council Asia Pacific Region family.
Thus every member must not only strengthen existing
ties but build bridges so as to enlarge the membership
base as well as organize interactive programmes.
the 27th World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Regional
Assembly, Ms. Zakiah Binti Ahmad, Director General of
the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation was
unanimously elected as President of World Crafts Council
Asia Pacific Region for the term 2005 – 2008.
With her vast experience I am sure she will be able
to lead the Asia Pacific Region forward. I will be transferring
all the papers and all correspondences henceforth should
be addressed to :-
Zakiah Binti Ahmad,
MALAYSIAN HANDICRAFT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Perbadaman Kemajun Kraftangan Malaysia,
Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur,
Seksyan 63 – Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel : + 603 – 21613913
Fax: + 603 – 21620905
E mail : email@example.com
The hand book planned in 2003 at Bangladesh of selected
mastercraftspersons of the region has not fully taken
off. Only Bangladesh and India have the material ready.
Mr. Edric Ong should be contacted immediately to complete
full details with forms for the UNESCO Crafts Prize
2005 for the Asia Pacific Region to be held on 5-5-2005
at Uzbekistan to coincide with the 28th Regional Assembly
of the WCC APR is enclosed. More...
suggestion from some members has been received for amending
the memorandum of WCC APR so as to widen its scope of
functioning. In some countries there seems to exist
two active bodies, one governmental and the other NGO
(and in most cases the NGO is a National Craft Council)
with both bodies seeking equal status and full voting
As this is a very important step which will foster ,
encourage and enhance the efforts of the WCC APR in
bringing together key bodies that represent various
craft interests at the country level, may I request
that National Entities and all other categories of members
give full thought to the matter and communicate their
views to the President. If necessary, amendments can
be made at the 28th Regional Assembly. I am also in
the process of consulting the lawyer and shall send
you his opinion with other details on this point .
I request all members to respond by publicizing this
event and ensure submission of large numbers of entries.
I sign off I would like to state that my association
with WCC International began in Mexico in 1976 and that
with the Asia Pacific Region in 1968 at the assembly
held in New Delhi. During this long tenure of mine,
I have been able to gain a lot of experience and knowledge
in various aspects of craft development and other connected
issues. If any of you require my services I am willing
to extend my support.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the best for
you once again