U Aye Kyu, new artist and CEO of Zero Art Space, is passionate about the promotion of Myanmar traditional crafts.
It was the driving force behind “from craft to art: Myanmar Handicrafts Exhibition and Fair”, which was held in Karaweik Kandawgyi Garden in Yangon from February 26 – March 1.
He said U Aye Koo wanted the event to “make the people of Myanmar realize their products, to find out which products come from where, to allow people to cherish Myanmar traditional crafts and develop the habit of collecting art.”
The new zero-organized the event in collaboration with the British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Ma said Nye chi, art program coordinator of Myanmar by the British Council began to craft art project in 2014, led by the new zero and the support of other organizations. In previous years, the organizers of the polls and the possibility of important marketing traditional crafts and sought artists are ready to join the project.
Yu said Ai Ku polls initially focused on areas surrounding Inle Lake, Mandalay and Myitkyina.
“We did workshops based work area with local craftsmen and worked with them in their places of work,” adding that foreign artists and designers conducted training sessions for two weeks in each of the three regions.
He said U Aye Koo said the training focused on encouraging artisans to innovate and artistically with their trades later, an exhibition of their creations at the Goethe Institute was satisfactory.
This year, has been providing training for craftsmen from Belo Island, from Mawlamyine in Mon State, and Matupi, in the southern state of Qin.
Happened over two days in mid-January, the so-called “craft forward” are also held at the Strand Hotel in Yangon, and the combination of artisans, designers and craftsmen and social entrepreneurs and policy makers.
“The meeting was the first of its kind in Myanmar, and it gave the opportunity for people with similar interests to exchange knowledge and discuss the problems they face,” said Ma Nai Chi.
Yu said that the exhibition Ai Ku Karaweik Park provided an opportunity for young people of Myanmar to see and appreciate the diversity of traditional crafts in one place.
“, You can easily put the water in an empty bowl, but if the pot is full already of the culture and traditional beliefs, it is more difficult to accept is like a bowl,” he said.
“I think it takes a long time to get people to accept new ideas,” said Ko Aung Suu Htike, who makes dolls Myanmar.
“My teachers were traditionally believed, and worked traditionally and they are worried that the cultural traditions of the generations will disappear,” he said.
“But the young artists have different ideas; they want freedom from the old traditions.”
Kuo said Aung Suu Htike been loyal to him sales rose since adopted the designs that were more innovative.
U Aye Ko confident of the project is to encourage artisans to adopt innovative designs to be successful and one of the reasons is the financial incentives.
He pointed to a ceramic pot in a non-traditional design.
He said that “the traditional earthenware pot drinking water brings between K1,000 and K1,500, but this amount could sell for between $ 60 and $ 70,” said U Aye Koo.
He cited lanterns made of bamboo as another example. “Bamboo lantern sells traditional K6,000 to K7,000 but one made in contemporary design can bring maker between K35,000 and K40,000” he said.
“They are coming to realize that new designs can earn them more money.”
He is Nai Chi satisfaction with the progress achieved by the project, the first of its kind in Myanmar.
The new zero promote innovation supporting the development of traditional handicrafts industry because it hinders by weaknesses in the quality and design.
Ma said Nay Chi part of its support for the project, the British Council is planning to promote industries Myanmar in promoting with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a regional project.
Efforts to support traditional handicrafts comes at a time when many of the artisans are struggling to earn a living.
U Aye Koo, among other things, and hopes that innovation and revival of traditional handicraft industry, and ensure that it has a brighter future.
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