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Sri Lanka craft sector wins free insurance cover

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz right meets Minister Rishad Bathiudeen at a craft display stall of Shilpa Abhimani 2019 Presidential Awards festival at BMICH
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz right meets Minister Rishad Bathiudeen at a craft display stall of Shilpa Abhimani 2019 Presidential Awards festival at BMICH

Sri Lanka activated the long awaited free insurance facility to its historic crafts and handicrafts sectors yesterday. Sri Lanka also indicated its keenness on introducing hi-tech design tools to its craftsmen so that their intricate work could garner better global attention.

“Very soon there will be demands by our craft sector to start work with latest technological advancements” said Sri Lanka’s Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday in Colombo.

Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the Shilpa Abhimani 2019 Presidential Handicrafts Award Ceremony by the National Crafts Council (NCC) under his Ministry held at BMICH. He was joined by his State Minister Buddhika Pathirana, President of the World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-AP) Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi, NCC Chairperson Heshani Bogollagma, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly, Iranian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohammad Zaeri Amirani, craftsmen and artists from Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, and Nepal, Lankan craft winners and expo visitors.

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz also toured the expo stalls of Shilpa Abhimani 2019 on 6 September

The NCC which tries to introduce new designs and creations to the crafts sector, has also began work to decentralize its activities. A new project commenced to establish District Craft Councils (DCCs) in Sri Lanka for the first time in NCC’s 35 year history. Sri Lanka’s arts, crafts, and handicraft traditions widely differ from region to region, span across many sub-sectors and spring from diverse sources–including pottery, wood-carvings, mural creations, lacquer painting, metal works and jewellery making.


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