A diminishing interest in traditional culture in East Asia
Though craft and design is a significant part of the creative economy in the region, particularly in emerging economies such as Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, interest in culture-based design processes is diminishing, particularly among young people.
In East Asia, we create opportunities for marginalised communities by promoting traditional crafts and heritage in the region. Our programmes support the craft sector and culture-based design processes in order to achieve social inclusion and economic development. By developing higher quality products, local artisans gain greater recognition, assisting them to be financially autonomous, in turn enhancing self-esteem.
Our regional programme aims to make connections between local craftswomen and international designers that will inspire the next generation to value and nurture their cultural assets and identities.