THTA teams up with OBEC to uphold Thai handicrafts at ‘Amarin Discovery: Young Entrepreneur Craft Fair 2015’
Thai Handicraft Promotion Trade Association (THTA) today opened ‘Amarin Discovery: Young Entrepreneur Craft Fair 2015’ in collaboration with the Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) to show the best craftworks of Thai students from 44 primary and secondary schools nationwide. With a wide variety of more than 100 handicrafts, Thai foods and desserts for you to take visual pleasure in or tease your palate andshop till you drop, the fair not only promotes craftsmanship and supports solid growth of Thai handicrafts, but also serves as a platform for entrepreneurship development of young craftspeople.
Mrs Surapee Rojanavongse, President of THTA, revealed, “THTA always treasures Thai handicrafts as a creative industry that exudes Thai way of life and culture and has a strong potential to generate an inflow of foreign currencies. To uphold the knowledge surrounding Thai handicrafts and pass down the heritage to younger generations, we have joined hands with OBEC and Amarin Plaza to roll out ‘Amarin Discovery: Young Entrepreneur Craft Fair 2015’. The event brings together top craftworks of primary and secondary students from 44 schools that joined OBEC’s ‘Young Entrepreneurs towards Creative Economy’ project. It will nurture the love Thai children have for craftworks, which will pave way for sustainable development of Thai handicrafts. At the same time, the fair also provides a platform for Thai children to show their creativity and gain entrepreneurial experience in the field of handicrafts.”
‘Amarin Discovery: Young Entrepreneur Craft Fair 2015’ takes place on 20 – 28 October at Event Hall, 1st Floor, Amarin Plaza. It features an exhibition of top craftworks and a market of quality products crafted by Thai children nationwide, including Thai handwoven, tie-dye and batik fabrics, glassware with ‘Lai Rod Nam’ engraving, wood carvings, ceramics, earthenware, wickerwork, and Thai foods and desserts. Special shows of young children include an instrumental music and art performance, as an example. There are craft-making demonstrations and workshops for signature items from various parts of Thailand that are unique for their local wisdom and materials, such as tie-dye fabric using natural dye, coconut shell ornaments, accessories inspired by Wiang Kalong motifs, artificial flowers from fish scale and lead tree wood, 3D Thai art cartoons, and openwork woodworking. Demonstrated by young craftspeople, the programme runs everyday throughout the fair period.
“Moreover, awards, certificates and cash prizes will be awarded to schools, teachers and children with outstanding presentation, demonstration and business potentials of their handicrafts. The cash prizes are 100,000 baht prize for the winner, 84,000 baht for the first runner-up, 68,000 baht for the second runner-up, and 50,000 baht each for five honourable mentions, making a prize of more than 500,000 baht,” Mrs Surapee added..
Mr Karun Sakulpradit, Secretary General of OBEC, said “We are pleased to be part of an activity that encourages Thai children to capitalise on creativity. This fair helps promote and support occupational education of Thai students, in line with the objectives of OBEC’s ‘Young Entrepreneurs towards Creative Economy’ project that focuses on activities designed for students to learn and create quality works commercially. Through this programme, the students also gain work experiences in the real world. It also introduces them to entrepreneurship and builds their good attitude towards self-employment, starting as early as elementary school up to high school level.”
All sales proceeds from the fair will translate into educational fund and working capital for future creations of students. In addition to assisting career development and income of Thai children during their school years, the fair also contributes to succession of Thai handicrafts. To support the works of these students, visit the fair from 20 to 28 October at the Event Hall, 1st Floor, Amarin Plaza. For more information, please call 02-612-5900 Ext. 5811, 5815 and 5816 or email [email protected].