Oct 08, Colombo: World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR), the largest and most active part of the World Crafts Council (WCC) has praised Sri Lanka's Arts and Crafts artistes saying that the global body is proud to have Sri Lanka as a member.
"We are proud of have an influential and effective member organization like Sri Lanka's National Crafts Council that embraces and promotes the mission of World Crafts Council," President of the World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-AP) Ms Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi said at the inauguration of the Shilpa Abhimani 2017 arts and crafts festival.
Shilpa Abhimani 2017, the international level arts, crafts festival and exhibition which included an International Crafts Festival opened at the BMICH on last Wednesday (October 4). President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, State Minister of Industry and Commerce Champika Premadasa and Chairperson of National Crafts Council Heshani Bogollagama participated in the opening ceremony.
"This Shilpa Abhimani exhibition embodies the deep cultural heritage of Sri Lankan people and reflects the ancestral traditions of Lankan patrons who rewarded talented artisans. This practice is manifested till today by the President of the country. The strong government support to National Craft Council (NCC) is appreciated by the World Crafts Council" said Qaddumi.
Sri Lanka's NCC promotes the diversified crafts of Sri Lanka by making these crafts visible across the world.
Three SL craftsmen won the NCC Award of Excellence for handicrafts in 2016. Also Sri Lankan artisans and designers, some of whom are affiliated with NCC have applied for WCC awards 2017, the results of which will be announced in New Delhi on October 15.
The NCC, under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce facilitates and supports Sri Lanka's arts, crafts and designs and has almost 25000 Lankan artisans registered under it.
Meanwhile, Shilpa Abhimani has netted sales exceeding Rs six million by its last day, Sunday 8 October.
The total number of visitors to the event as of noon 8 October was at 13,000 according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. One thousand artisans displayed 1200 items and another 100 exhibitor stalls, of which 20 are by foreign participants from Iran, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Kuwait at the event organized by the National Crafts Council of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.