The UNESCO Crafts Prize was established in 1990 as a part of the 10 Year Plan of Action for the Development of Crafts in the World (1990 – 1999). Its purpose is to reward and stimulate the otherwise hidden talent of craftspeople in each region. The prize aims to encourage the creation of original models, promote quality goods outside their original environment and develop the ties between craft and design. This prize is awarded annually to deserving craftspersons in the Asia Pacific Region.

The UNESCO Crafts Prize for Asia and the Pacific Region 2000 was awarded for the third time on the occasion of the Regional Seminar/ Workshop/ Exhibition on “Embroidery: Creativity and Tradition” held in Hyderabad, India, from 4 to 9 January 2001 for embroidery entries from the participating countries of the Asia Pacific Region. The event was organized with the valuable cooperation of the Crafts Council of India. The Award Ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister for Revenue of the State of Andhra Pradesh. It is noteworthy that the stage was decorated for the occasion by hand-embroidered panels made by Indian craftsmen.

The US 10.000 dollas cash prize is awarded by an International Jury to the most outstanding craftspeople, who show great mastery of technique, artistic flair and sense of innovation suitable for the International market. The respect for traditional knowhow and the use of sustainable local materials also serve as determining criteria.

Providing craftspersons with International recognition is another objective of the UNESCO Crafts Prize. This recognition in ensured by the exhibition of their works at UNESCO House (Paris), the publication and dissemination worldwide of a catalogue of prizewinners and a presentation on the UNESCO website

The UNESCO Crafts Prize for Asia Pacific for the year 2000 was awarded for the best embroidery from the Asia Pacific Region under two categories. 6 prizes – two in each category for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position winners were awarded.