Training for ethnic artisans


Traditional crafts such as embroidery are still vibrant among many ethnic minorities like the Miao of Leishan county in Southwest China, though they are mainly practiced by the middle-aged and elderly. The MDG-Fund’s China Culture and Development Partnership Framework is assisting ethnic artisans and entrepreneurs to improve their livelihoods by formalizing their crafts production.

A wide range of training workshops have been held on design innovation, product quality, management, marketing and artisan well-being. The programme is also is helping artisans link to broader markets by taking part in the Shanghai Expo, the UNESCO crafts award programme, and national and international trade fairs.

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