Welcome to the Project website of the CraftsMatch Project! Supported by the Asia Invest 2006-2007 Programme of the EC-EuropeAid Cooperation Office, the CraftsMatch Project aims at reinforcing the capacity of the Asian crafts SMEs to access new markets and encouraging the development of new Asian-European crafts business partnerships between Asian crafts communities and Asian and European trade professionals through the use of advanced information technologies.
Information about the Project activities will be posted regularly on this website and you are welcome to contact the Project Partners for further information.

WCC Europe Special Newsletter / EUNIQUE 2010

In a few hours the gates to EUNIQUE 2010 will be opened!

We look forward to meeting you at the EUNIQUE fair in Karlsruhe/Germany,

which will be held from June 11 to 13, 2010. The opening takes place on June 10, 18 h.

Please, find attached a WCC-Europe Special Newsletter with latest information, a timetable and some highlights of EUNIQUE 2010.

You will find the WCC-Europe, the conceptual partner of the EUNIQUE fair at booth no. G4.1.


  Special Newsletter / EUNIQUE 2010

Publishing date: 9/6/2010

WCC-Europe Newsletter No. 14

  WCC-Europe Newsletter No. 14

Publishing date: 3/3/2010

EuroIndia ICT Co-operation Conference

"Showcasing the Mapping of Euro-India ICT Innovation"

10-11 December 2009 - IMI, New Delhi, India

Information and registration at the Conference website http://www.euroindiaconference.cbs.dk

Participants at the event will acquire first-hand knowledge of the Indian ICT innovation trajectory, cases, policy, impact and role models. The two-day event will offer a stimulating mix of plenary presentations and parallel workshops along distinct thematic around the issues impacting ICT innovations in India. We expect participants largely from India and the European Union at this event.

Publishing date: 8/12/2009

Final CraftsMatch Europe-Asia Trading Matching Event

The Final Matchmaking Event "Natural Living" took place in Karlsruhe / Germany from June 5 to June 7 2009 concurrently to the (new) European Fair for Applied Arts & Design "EUNIQUE" 2009 where a "CraftsMatch exhibition booth" was present with craft products from Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
The Matchmaking Event 3 "Natural Living" was introduced the day before on June 4 2009 by the Consortium Meeting of the Project at the same venue and the official opening ceremony of the "EUNIQUE" fair.
This was the third and final event of a series of thematic matchmaking events planned by the CraftsMatch Project to support institutional capacity building and reinforce networking of Asian intermediary organizations and individual craftspeople with European counterparts in the crafts sector.

  Programme of the Event

  EUNIQUE 2009

  CraftsMatch Booth at EUNIQUE 2009

Publishing date: 26/10/2009

EUNIQUE - arts & crafts 2010

EUNIQUE is the only trade fair in continental Europe which broaches solely the issue of Applied arts & design.

From June 11th - 13th 2010 Karlsruhe becomes the meeting point of the international arts & design branch.

At the successful premiere of the event, 231 international exhibitors and 6,523 visitors were won over by its exciting concept. EUNIQUE is on the fast track to becoming the leading trade fair in Europe for applied arts and design.

Contributing to the success of the event are its uncompromising quality standards and its targeting of both industry professionals and art and design collectors with considerable purchasing power - not to mention its unique, appealing ambience.

You want to become a part of EUNIQUE - arts & crafts 2010? Please find further ínformation on how to become an exhibitor at www.eu-nique.eu



Publishing date: 7/10/2009

European Prize for Applied Arts

A new European Prize for Applied Arts has been created by the World Crafts Council Europe. The exhibition of the competition will take place from November 20, 2009 to January 17, 2010 in Mons, Belgium.

For more information, please contact your WCC National Entity, WCC-BF (responsible partner) or the secretariat of WCC Europe.

Regulations and Application Form enclosed.

Publishing date: 7/4/2009

Second CraftsMatch Trading Matching Event, Siem Reap

The CraftsMatch Europe-Asia Trading Matching Event in Cambodia with the theme "Jewelry Accessories" was convened on 28-31 January 2009 by Craft Cambodia Cooperation (CCC) in collaboration with BF, Germany at the Angkor Century Resort and Spa, Siem Reap - Cambodia.

The event aimed to provide a special opportunity for small jewelers and other crafts in Asia namely Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Sri Lanka to present their products to qualified and selected buyers at the international level and learn how to develop products for the European market. Most importantly, the event was to develop a business partnership between the selected buyers from Europe and craft producers; jewelry and other crafts from Sri Lanka, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Thailand.

  Pictures of the Event

  Invitation to the Event

Publishing date: 17/3/2009

First CraftsMatch Trading Matching Event, Bangkok, Thailand

The CraftsMatch Europe-Asia Trading Matching Event in Thailand with the theme "Home Accessories" was convened on 15-16 October 2008 by Project Partner ASEAN Handicrafts Promotion and Development Association (AHAPADA) at the Challenger Hall, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention

The event was organized in conjunction with the Bangkok International Gift Fair 2008 and Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2008 (BIG&BIH Fair 2008), hosted by the Department of Export Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand.

The event aimed to provide a special opportunity for small craft businesses in Asia namely; Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Sri Lanka to present their products to qualified and selected buyers at the international level and develop a business partnership between the selected buyers and craft

  Minutes of the Event

  Program of the Event

Publishing date: 17/3/2009


EUNIQUE - the European trade fair with an unrivalled selection of applied art and design will take place from June 5th to 7th 2009 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair & Exhibition Centre, Germany.

EUNIQUE will be accompanied by an attractive and varied programme of events. The "Top of Europe" special exhibition will feature high-calibre European artists and WCC Europe Award prizewinners from 1992 to today.

Details on these events can be found on the event website at www.eu-nique.de

Applications to participate in the fair and become member of EUNIQUE to be sent by 7 April 2009 at the latest.

  EUNIQUE General Presentation

  EUNIQUE Conditions of participation

Publishing date: 12/2/2009

It CraftsMatch System Prototype

The Consortium is pleased to let you know that the CraftsMatch System Prototype is fully operating at the following url:$sitepreview/craftsmatch.com/Infopages/Introduction.aspx

This state-of-the-art platform will serve the needs of the Project Partners and support the IT-assisted Virtual Crafts Incubators in networking and dissemination activities. It facilitates communication, information exchange, collaboration and business matchmaking for the crafts supply chain in Asia and Europe.

Your feedback are most welcome!

Publishing date: 2/2/2009

The World of Small Things: An exhibition of craft diplomacy

The ongoing quest

In the nineteenth century, the Arts and Crafts Movement turned to traditional cultures in response to the perceived sterility of modern life. When this moved to studio practice in the twentieth century, a number of individual craft artists were inspired by non-Western craft traditions, such as the East Asian influence on ceramics. In the later twentieth-century, a number of craftspersons made individual pilgrimages to a wide range of traditional craft communities in order to absorb the more embedded lifestyle of making. For many, this entailed long-term commitment by craftspersons in assisting their host communities to sustain their craft practice in a globalising market.

You buy the story of where it comes from

The twenty-first century witnesses the rise of 'ethical consumerism'. Consumers hope that their patronage has positive effects on the community of origin. Fair trade coffee and chocolate are the most obvious new ethical commodities. At the same time, the relational paradigm in creative arts makes the construction of relationships through the work a part of the artistic process, alongside the product that results from it.

Craft and design work collaboratively

Relationships between modern and traditional makers are evolving in interesting ways. Those purchasing their products are buying not only a beautifully designed and made object, but also the story of its production. Relationships are diversifying beyond the standard relation of product designer and artisan. The new 'superpowers' such as India and China are now employing services of craftspersons in countries like Australia to make specialist objects for the new wealthy classes. In the context of the Kyoto Protocols, the new collaborations between makers, designers and manufacturers offer a grass roots approach to global cooperation.

The World of Small Things is an exhibition designed to explore the variety of dialogues between cultures that are currently being practiced in the craft field. It's goals are:

  • To share ideas and experiences about cross-cultural collaboration
  • To promote ethical consumerism in craft and design
  • To enjoy the beautiful combination of clever design, craft skill and social purpose

Scheduled for Craft Victoria, June 2009. For expressions of interest, please contact world@kitezh.com.



Publishing date: 17/12/2008

Hands Lanka Exhibition 2008

The "Hands Lanka" first ever international handicrafts exhibition to be held in Sri Lanka is being organized from October 9 -12, 2008 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo, Sri Lanka by the National Chamber of Handicrafts of Sri Lanka in cooperation with the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka.

Main focus of this national Endeavour is to support Small and Medium scale handicraft manufacturers making it an open forum to meet expert craftsmanship of allover Sri Lanka with national and international high end admiring clientele also opening new market dimensions for Small and Medium scale entrepreneurs.

Additional information at:


Publishing date: 15/9/2008

World Eco-Fiber and Textile (WEFT) FORUM 2008

- To promote, share and acquire knowledge on the use of natural fibers and dyes.
- To Conserve and encourage the use of natural, sustainable material in the creation of arts and crafts.
- To network amongst natural-material producers and the craftspeople through the establishment of an information database.
- To develop a marketing network e.g. trade in raw materials, dye stuff etc.
- To encourage and coordinate research and study into the traditional use of natural fiber and dyes in all forms of textile weaving, basketry, mat-weaving, plaiting etc.
- To promote the development of World-Eco Fiber and Textile Art.
- To foster cultural exchange through exhibitions, conferences, international visits by the craftspeople for the purpose of study, lectures and workshops.


- 3 day Forum with 9 main sessions
- International Exhibition/Bazaar on Eco-Fibers and Textiles
- "Pua-Kumbu" Iban Warp-ikat weaving competition/exhibition
- Gala Dinner and International Fashion Show.

Additional information at http://www.societyatelier.com/

Publishing date: 15/9/2008

CraftsMatch Train the Trainers Workshop

The CraftsMatch Consortium successfully organized the Train the Trainers Workshop at the Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand from March 6 to March 9, 2008.
Six (6) Trainers coming from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Sri Lanka were trained on issues related to the setting-up and operation of IT Virtual Crafts Incubators by six (6) Asian and European experts, who have extensive experience in management, business, marketing and IT tools. A Training Manual based on the content of the Train the Trainers Workshop will be prepared by the Consortium that will guide the Trainers in the organization of local training sessions in the targeted countries.

Publishing date: 27/3/2008

World Eco-Fiber and Textile (WEFT) Art exhibition and fashion show in Japan

The World Eco-Fiber and Textile (WEFT) Art exhibition and fashion show will be held in Japan (Tokyo and Tokushuima) from end of March to mid of May 2008.

World Eco-Fiber and Textile Art (WEFT) premiered in Kuala Lumpur in May 2006 and travelled to India for the UNESCO Natural Dyes Symposium in Hyderabad, India and then to New Delhi in February 2007.

Working jointly with the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA), the WEFT Art 2008 exhibition will be at the Asean-Japan Center in Tokyo from 26 March-13 May 2008, and at the Indigo Museum in Tokushima, Shikoku from 12 April to 13 May 2008.

Exhibition Details are as follows :


Date: 26 March- 13 May ,2008
Venue: Permanent Exhibition Hall (PEH), ASEAN-JAPAN CENTER, Central Building, Ginza 4-Chome, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Theme: Exhibition to be co-organised with ASEAN HANDICRAFT PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION at the Asean-Japan Center. It will feature the 10 ASEAN countries textiles in natural dyes and fibers including Japanese works under the WEFT ART theme 'SELEMBAR BENANG MENJALIN ALAM'


Date: 12 April- 13 May 2008
Venue: INDIGO MUSEUM, Aza-Maezunishi, Aizumi-cho, Itano-gun, Tokushima, Shikoku

Theme: Exhibition to specially focus on indigo dyed textiles and other natural dyed textiles selected from the WEFT ART collection; and will therefore include the ASEAN collection plus pieces from India, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka etc.


Publishing date: 11/2/2008

Kick-off Meeting of the CraftsMatch Project

The CraftsMatch Consortium held its Kick-off meeting in Athens, Greece on December 7-8, 2007.
All the Project Partners from Greece, Germany, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao PDR were duly represented and the Consortium had the opportunity to review the workprogramme, discuss the activities implemented so far by the Partners and organize the planned activities and related timetable.

More information in the Section "Meetings" of this website.


Publishing date: 21/12/2007


"CraftsNet" is an IT platform especially designed for crafts intermediary organisations and key actors in the crafts sector in Asia and Europe to allow them to retrieve information, to support networking, to promote exchange of experience and best practice and to facilitate cooperation and value added activities.
The platform was created as part of the CraftsNet Project, which was co-financed by the European Commission's Europe Aid Cooperation Office, under the Programme Asia Invest II.
Visit the CraftsNet IT Platform and join the CraftsNet Community at the following url www.craftsnet.org

Publishing date: 19/11/2007


The 1st AHPADA International Arts and Crafts Expo is organized by the AHPADA Philippines, fully supported by the Philippine Government and the private sector. The Expo provides a platform to raise the level of awareness about the importance of arts and crafts in ASEAN countries. Three major components:

  • EXHIBITION from 22 to 25 November 2007
  • BUSINESS FORUM from 22 to 24 November 2007
  • CULTURAL EVENTS from 22 to 25 November 2007 with craft demonstrations and cultural performances

For more information about this event, please visit the website of the Expo at www.ahpadaexpo.com or contact the Expo organizer at
AHPADA Philippines
#1 Sta. Escolastica St., Corner Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Philippines 1300
Tel: +632-525 9318 to 27
Telefax: +632-83 42993
Email: ahpadaexpo@yahoo.com

Publishing date: 19/11/2007


The CraftsMatch Consortium is pleased to announce the official approval of the CraftsMatch Project under the Programme Asia Invest II, funded by the Cooperation Office EuropeAid.
The Consortium Partners will hold their 1st Consortium Meeting in December 2007.
Information about the CraftsMatch Project is available on this website, which will be updated regularly. More information about the Programme Asia Invest II and funding opportunities available at http://ec.europa.eu/comm/europeaid/projects/asia-invest/html2002/main.htm

Publishing date: 19/11/2007