The WCC-Asia Pacific Region is undertaking a project to publish the “Concise Encyclopedia of Crafts in Asia Pacific“. The project is an initiative of the current President, Dr. Ghada Hijjawi-Qaddumi, who is also generously providing its funding. The aim is to help safeguard craft traditions and ensure their survival into the future.
While the Asia Pacific is seen as a region of emerging economies that will direct the course of the 21st century, it is important that this development does not come at a cost of its precious living heritage. These crafts give our lives long-term meaning and connect our expanding future to the rich traditions of the past.
We aim to produce the encyclopedia for the next General Assembly of the World Crafts Council in October 2016.
The first step in this process is to develop a Working List of Crafts in the Asia Pacific, to be coordinated by the Vice-Presidents of the sub-regions. This list will provide a foundation on which the information can then be collected.
For more information and to make contact, go to http://bit.ly/craftencyclopediaforasiapacific
Guidelines for inclusion
Each craft should fulfil the following criteria:
- Be a technique that involves specialist skill of a craftsperson (rather than hobbyist). If the skill belongs to a category such as textiles, ceramics, metalware or sculpture, please add the name for the specific process (e.g., Textiles: Shibori, or Ceramics: Raku).
- Be unique to the country in some way, such as in style, materials or use (it can originate elsewhere if it is interpreted differently). There may be some cases where the craft is shared between more than one country. In this case, it can be included in the ‘Shared’ category for the region.
- The unique craft is currently being practised by at least one person.
The initial working list of crafts is to be completed by 20 April 2015.
- South Korea
- North Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Saudi Arabia
South East Asia
- Brunei Darussalam
- East Timor
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands