Dear Speakers / Presenters , Chairpersons and Participants,
We have now come to the conclusion of the World Crafts Forum, a 3 1/2-Day deliberation with 6 Sessions chaired by WCC experts from around the globe. When we started on the morning of the 18th , we knew we have so much to share within so little a time , but I think we did well especially when the presentation was supplemented with visuals and thus capturing the essence and spirit of the subject matter
WCC Forums have often provided an excellent oppurtunity and platform for members to get together - to share information and data, to exchange views , to learn new things on the many and varied subjects focussing on craft development and particularly on issues affecting the craftspeople and craftsmanship. In its 50 years , WCC have organised with the support of member countries and collaboration with ngos- such as the craft councils and the like as well as the business sector , not less than fourteen (14 international conferences / symposiums in the different regions. Starting with North America in 1964 , the journey had taken WCC to Kyoto, Istanbul , Vienna, Oslo , Jakarta , Sydney, Kyoto again , Colombo, Islamabad, Fez , Metsovo, Huangzou and Chennai ,and , finally to where we are today in Dongyang.
Indeed , WCC Forums have become an important contact point , a link, thus creating an ever -expanding Network among members and in initiating new membership.We get to know and meet Experts and Masters in Craftsmanship ,leading us towards a better understanding , better appreciation and the deepening of awareness regarding the different fields of the arts and craft practices.
The Ideas and Proposals that have been put forward at the Dongyang WCF 2014 are indeed a step forward calling per haps for more resources and the reviewing of WCC's capacity in meeting the challenges ahead. In order to take on these tasks, what would need to be done. ? Would there be a need to re- assess the present strength of the WCC, ? its organisational structure and infrastructure ?, to evaluate the existing support system it receives from the government of member countries as well as the ngo's and the likes ,? Would it be to reassess , if any , the current constraint of the facilities and amenities that are made available ? or /and to undertake activities or projects with a view to form a partnership. ?
Highlighted among the project proposals , the Forum took note of the WCC-APR's on -going Flagship Projects , namely , the Craft & Education Programme , the NDP- National Dye Programme ( and the funding pledges made ) and the Encycloepedia on Crafts of Asia -Pacific Region Project.In respect of the WCC Craft Cities Programme Initiative , it was felt that due consideration should be given to strengthen the evaluation and the current appraisal system.
The study of endangered / near vanishing craft should be given priority as much importance is attached to R & D efforts involving academic institutions while the " Code of Practice for Partnerships in Craft & Design " was deemed as a realistic approach to the sharing /imparting of knowledge and in protecting the interest of the parties concerned. The issue of the Market -Place and marketing , however, remained as the life-line for the craftsmaker /artisan hence the need to explore all oppurtunities and channels available such as Santa Fe for the marketing of well-designed product and authentically handmade.
Thus, for the WCC , "THE FUTURE IS HANDMADE ". The slogan that was started by the WCC in 1964 which was revived as the theme of the Chennai 2012 World Craft Summit reminding us of its significance .And today, in Dongyang , we have come together to reaffirm it. HANDMADE is what's its all about , and for all these reasons - because it is timeless, it is an integral part of our culture , our everyday life and upon it is dependent the livelihood of the maker - craftsperson / artisan, in meeting the wishes of our patrons as well as to enable the environment that we live in to be a better living space .
The participants would like to place on record their deep appreciation to the Organisers and Forum Partners for the excellent organisation made and to thank for the excellent presentation made by the Speakers which have made the Dongyang WCF not only a memorable experience but a truly enriching encounter with a refreshing dialogue.
In conclusion, may I on behalf of the Organisers thank all the Speakers , Chairpersons and all of you Participants for making this gathering a momentous event for the WCC as we celebrate the WCC Golden Jubilee.
On my part , may I also with all humility, thank the WCC Presidency for the kind invitation to participate at the august gathering of the WCC Family and to be a part of the 50 Golden Jubilee Celebration and to have the honour of chairing as the Overall Facilitator at the World Crafts Forum Dongyang, China.
Thank you to All
Raja Fuziah binti Raja Tun Uda
WCC Honorary Member /
Overall Facilitator World Crafts Forum
dd :10 November 2014, Kuala Lumpur