For many communities in the world traditional textile knowledge is part of their cultural identity.
The indigenous Kalash community is one such community. Known for their mastery in bead-work and color liveliness their traditional cultural expressions are collectible works of art.
With the aim of supporting the Kalash community to thrive on their textile knowledge as cultural IP Right-holders and connect an otherwise remote creative community with a global audience, NAMYR & The Cultural IP Rights Initiative are inviting you to be part of a one-of-a-kind cultural sustainability project developed with and for the Kalash community in Pakistan:
“Cultural sustainability for the indigenous Kalash community in Pakistan: Woven Textile Stories”
Built on the principles of transparency in the artisan supply chain and cultural information sharing the aim of this project is to create self-sustainability for the community by integrating traditional textile knowledge in contemporary product development and ensuring the transmission of this traditional knowledge to a larger audience and an international consumer.
Cultural appreciation transcends borders and creates positive social impact for traditional creative communities!
Ensuring the traditional textile knowledge of the Kalash community is transmitted to future generations
Ensuring transparency in the supply chain and product authenticity
Implementing a system together with the artisans of the Kalash community that ensures the community can thrive on their traditional textile knowledge by having access to a global market interested in culturally sustainable products
Cultural sustainability for the indigenous Kalash community in Pakistan:
Woven Textile Stories
“CRAFT HAS BEEN A VEHICLE TO THINK ABOUT SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SELF-EMPOWERMENT, COMUNAL EXPERIENCE AND HAPPINESS IN WORK, AS WELL AS A TOOL FOR FIGHTING POVERTY AND OPPRESSION"
MILADA BURCIKOVA / cultural theorist