An official opening ceremony of the Crafts Development Centre at the Karakalpakstan Branch of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan
The event is organized by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent in close cooperation with the Karakalpakstan Branch of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan within the framework of the UN Joint Programme on “Sustaining livelihoods affected by the Aral Sea disaster”. The objective of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent in the framework of this programme is to support the social and economic well-being through the development of traditional crafts and tourism sector in the region, thereby reviving and preserving the cultural heritage of Karakalpakstan.
As an integral part of culture, traditional handicrafts permeate all aspects of our life and determine the way people live and interact at the local and global levels. Therefore, today we have a strong necessity to safeguard traditional handicrafts, given the global trends of modernization and industrialization, through different measures like the organization of trainings, establishment of crafts centres and promotion of masters.
This is also needed in Karakalpakstan, the region with a rich cultural heritage, especially, the applied arts. Therefore, an idea was born to create a crafts centre in Karakalpakstan, which could drive the revival and development of traditional crafts.
The main objective of creation of the Crafts Development Centre in Nukus is to promote the revival, preservation, promotion and development of the traditional crafts of Karakalpakstan, and improve economic well-being and livelihoods of the local population through teaching and learning of skills in the field of traditional crafts and creation of income-generating opportunities. Also, the establishment of the Centre will contribute to the promotion of traditional Karakalpak crafts at the national and international levels and attract tourists to the region.