Traditional craftsmen given technical and financial support

Selected craftsmen from six regions will be provided with technical and financial assistance by  the “From Craft to Art” project in an effort to lift the standard of traditional handicrafts.

Spearheaded by the New Zero Art Space Gallery in collaboration with the British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the two-year project covers six cities and towns: Paung in Mon State, Dawei in Taninthayi Region, Mandalay in Mandalay Region, Inle Lake in southern Shan State, Tiddim in Chin State, and Myitkyina in Kachin State.

"The art of handicraft making has been passed down from [generation to generation] so the artisans are unable to break free with the existing designs and styles. As the handicrafts are not up-to-date, they have not been able to break into markets," said an official from the Craft to Art project.

"We want to help them so that they can sell their handcrafts on the market with a better standard without harming the traditional styles," she added.

After attending a three-week workshop, the selected craftsmen will start making handicrafts with provided technical and financial support for a handicraft sale to be held next month.