Thursday, October 06, 2005

About the Craft Fair

Await the most anticipated Crafts Fair featuring traditional hand crafted products of Sri Lankan artisans ..........

This Fair is the second step towards restoring lost livelihoods of craft producers affected by the December 26th tsunami that battered the coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Ten months after the devastation, many have picked up the pieces, and are trying to deal with the agony in ways they know how. They want to begin their lives, and want to have normalcy back again. Even though they have started their production, they relied on tourists who visited them for sales. The arrival of tourists has not picked up yet, hence, the craft producers are facing another frustration now. The Fair is organized with the objective of providing a window of opportunity for these craft producers whose livelihoods were adversely affected by tsunami by creating a ready market for their products.

The first step in restoring the livelihoods was providing lost and damaged tools of trade and initial stocks of raw material to the craft producers. Thereafter, they participated in workshops on world market trends and customer preferences. Although these artisans are trained by their forefathers, they were trained on product design and product development to bring out the dormant talents and creativity to further enhance their array of creations.