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Malaysia to host Unesco award for handicraft innovation
Jun '12
The 2012 Unesco Award of Excellence for Handicraft (South-East and South Asia) would be held in Malaysia this year.

The biennial event was last held in 2010 in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

The award is aimed at encouraging innovation in handicrafts as well as at ensuring the preservation and continuation of traditional handicraft skills.

Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim, Malaysian Minister for Information Communication and Culture, said the last date for entries for the award is July 31, 2012.

He informed that the contest is open to all artisans hailing from South and Southeast Asian countries.

The evaluation of handicraft items submitted along with entries will take place during the International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes and World Eco-Fibre and Textile Forum to be held in September this year.

The final result of the product gaining Unesco recognition would be announced on October 15, 2012, the Minister said.

The handicraft products are divided into eight categories for the award, which include clothing and scarves, fashion accessories and decoration.

The Unesco award would recognize only those handicraft products that are made using at least one of the natural materials that include textiles like cotton, silk and linen.

The Unesco recognition would entail several benefits to the artisans. It would include listing on Unesco website.

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