International Festival of Traditional Crafts Workshop

Monday, July 1, 2019
International Festival of Traditional Crafts Workshop
USAID Georgia

The 2nd International Festival of Traditional Crafts Workshops was the Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Arts and the Georgian Heritage Crafts Association, with support from USAID Zrda program.

156 craft makers from across Georgia and abroad participated in the festival, presented the diversity of crafts and promoted master craftsmen and their skills. Festival activities included: open-workshops; master-classes for a variety of crafts including ceramics, woodcarving, natural dies, carpet/rug weaving, felt making, jewelry, and musical instrument making by Georgian and invited craft makers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan; Crafts Fair; Educational programs; Exhibition from Museum collections; and Special Information Tour for Tour Operators to boost the potential of artisanal workshops as a destination.

To promote the crafts sector development in its target regions, USAID Zrda, through the Cultural Heritage Crafts Association, developed and implemented a program aimed at “Enhancing Artisans/crafts Makers’ Business Skills” and supported artisans through training and technical assistance to develop new market-oriented products; facilitate linkages with other industry actors to expand retail presence; and transform their workshops into economically stable tourism destinations where artisans are marketed alongside their products.

Last updated: July 31, 2019

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