24th World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Regional Assembly
was held in Laos from the 8th to the 14th of September
this session, India had the honour of being elected
the President of the region. Mrs. Vijaya Rajan was nominated
by India to accept the Presidency for the period of
2000 - 2004.
the meeting, the WCC Asia Pacific Regional Crafts Contest
was held, where the Asia Pacific Crafts Awards were
given for the first time. The objectives of this contest
were quality, traditional/contemporary crafts, recognition
of craftspeople, and use of natural fiber, with the
theme of weaving such as basketry, mats, wall mats,
purse, and the handloom process, and raw materials such
as rush, reed, palm, flax, bamboo.