2015 — December


The industrial revolution that began in 18th century has changed ways of goods manufacturing. The craft was first replaced by the industry based on the manufacture and finally by the mechanised industry. Due to that process many traditional crafts in Europe were forgotten forever. But in Asia, either in remote places or big cities, they are still live methods of producing goods of daily use, arts as well as those dedicated to religious rituals and traditional ceremonies.


Traditional crafts together with textiles, folk and tribal arts are part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In order to ensure the better protection of this kind of heritage worldwide and spread the awareness of its importance UNESCO runs a list of the most important expressions of it. A couple of them are Batik, a technique of printing textiles and Wayang Puppet Theatre, both recognised in Indonesia.


Craftsmen at work can be seen everywhere across Asia. From small villages spread across thousands of islands of Indonesia, in old quarter of Hanoi in Vietnam, china town of Melaka in Malaysia to shanty towns of Mumbai. And the results of their efforts can be purchased on numerous markets like Sunday market in Bac Ha in Vietnam where local hill tribes trade, floating markets around Inle Lake in Myanmar, night market in Luang Prabang in Laos or in old town of Baktaphur in Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.



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