Shilpa Abhimani exhibition of Sri Lanka craftspeople lauded by World Crafts Council

The World Crafts Council has lauded the Lankan crafts sector after the great success of this year’s Shilpa Abhimani, the annual exhibition of all that’s best in Sri Lanka’s traditional craft industries.

Reckoned to be a major boost for cultural tourism, the exhibition, sponsored by Sri Lanka’s National Crafts Council, had recorded sales of sales exceeding Rs 6 million ($40,000) by the close.

Said Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi, president of the World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region: “We are proud of have an influential and effective member organisation like Sri Lanka’s National Crafts Council that embraces and promotes the mission of World Crafts Council.”

He was addressing the launch event, which was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena, saying that “WCC is the only global voice for craftspeople the world over and closely works with UNESCO”.

More than 13,000 visitors saw the handiwork of 1,000 crafts men and women, who displayed 1,200 items, including work from Iran, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Kuwait.

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