26th Regional Assembly 2003 Dhaka,Bangladesh

The 26th World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Regional Assembly got off to a great start on October 6, 2003 in Dhaka with a welcome ceremony in which mastercraftspersons were honored. The venue was the beautiful BRAC Center set amidst lush green paddy fields where all the delegates were housed. The opening session was addressed by Mrs. Ruby Ghuznavi, President, National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB), Mrs. Vijaya Rajan, President World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region, Ms. Rokia A Rehman and the Chief Guest, Mr. F. H. Abed, Chairman, BRAC.

The Business Meet was held on October 7th. The minutes of the 25th WCC – Asia Pacific Region held in Kuala Lumpur (September 17 – 22) and the Business Meet held in Delhi (November 14) were read and passed. This was followed by the plan of action of different entities. India also agreed to host the UNESCO Seal of Excellence event in the year 2004. Ms. Beatrice of UNESCO made a presentation on the Seal Program for South Asia. It was decided that the 5th UNESCO Craft Prize would be presented on the occassion of the Annual Crafts Fair of Central Asian States in Bishkek, Kryrgystan.

The statement of Accounts for the year 2003 was made as also the announcement of holding of the WCC General Assembly meet in Greece from June 1 – 6, 2004. Nominations for the Office of the World Crafts Council President, Asia Pacific Regional President and the Vice Presidents were called. The date and venue for the 27th World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Regional Meeting was announced as the 31st of May, 2004, in Greece, a day before the World Crafts Council General Assembly Meet.

The “Abharan: Textile Tradition of Bangladesh” exhibition which was inaugurated on the evening of October 7 featured exquisite saris and made ups in jamdani weaves and embellished with kantha, etc.

The next day saw presentations by Laila Tyabji of Dastakar, Edric Ong of Sarawak, Surapee from AHPADA in Thailand, and Bangladesh’s Dr. Nishat. The afternoon was spent visiting Tanghail weaving villages as also to silver production and indigo making centers. Then inevitably, the last day. The wrap-up session was followed by a visit to the Kumudini Welfare Trust where a special farewell dinner was hosted.