Training on traditional crafts and innovative design for young Karakalpakstan craftswomen and designers
A two-day training session on traditional crafts and innovative design for young Karakalpakstan craftswomen and designers will be conducted on 7-8 July 2017 in Nukus, organized by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent, in cooperation with the Karakalpakstan Regional Branch of the Uzbekistan Academy of the Arts. The training will be held in the Crafts Development Center of the Karakalpakstan Regional Branch of the Uzbekistan Academy of the Arts and conducted within the framework of the UN Joint Program "Building the Resilience of Communities Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster through a Multi-partner Human Security Fund for the Aral Sea".
The training aims to teach 25 craftswomen and designers about the traditional culture of Karakalpakstan, improving their ability to use traditional craft techniques (ornamentation, color, natural dyeing, natural materials) in a modern context. Another focus of the training is to improve the quality of handicraft products in order to meet the standards of the modern handicraft market.
UNESCO Artist for Peace Ms. Bibi Russell (UK/Bangladesh), a designer and international expert on traditional textiles, will participate in the training.
The training is a preparatory event for the 3rd edition of the Festival of Traditional Textile “Atlas Bayrami” (“Celebrating Atlas”), which will be held from 12 to 16 September 2017 in Margilan, Ferghana region. One of the main objectives of the festival is to build national potential in order to assist young people in acquiring new knowledge and skills in the field of traditional crafts, providing opportunities for economic growth and improving the well-being of the population.