D17/20 -- Design in Southeast Asia
Handcraft and design are subjects of special attention in Southeast Asia. There is a firm belief that further promotion of village industries is needed. Some cities in Bali and Java have become famous for the beauty of their masks, furniture and ceramics. Experts and cultural professionals recently consulted by UNESCO as part of a research project on the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural expressions, have recommended to focus on crafts.
The craft industry, and in particular the incredible ingenuity of the transformation of the natural resources of this region, is a real economic success and mainly concerns large companies. What about small-scale artisanal structures and how to encourage the renewal of traditional models ?
Value the local know how
This project aims to value the local know how and to put SEA in the international design scene. By promoting SEA designers and entrepreneurs in the global market. Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are the three countries participating in the operation.
These countries have artisanal structures and performing industries in the sectors that can be mobilized. They are identified as producers of handcrafts (from natural resources) and the furniture industry is exported to international markets (mainly Indonesia and Thailand).
Designers meet designers
The essence of the project is the cultural exchange between French designers and Asian designers. As such, the project focuses on :
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