6th annual SEAL of Excellence for Handicrafts in Southeast Asia

An international panel of judges and experts in design, marketing and handicraft production have gathered across four regions in Asia over the last few weeks to judge a record number of entries for the 2006 UNESCO Seal of Excellence in Handicrafts (referred to as the SEAL). 129 submissions were received from Southeast Asia, with entries ranging from traditionally woven textiles to contemporary batiks and ceramics.
Twenty-seven awards* were granted for the Southeast Asia region. Products will be displayed at the Bangkok International Gift fair between 17th and 22nd of October at Impact Exhibition Centre Hall alongside a selection of Seal winners from previous years.

SEAL was established to encourage craft-workers to use traditional skills and materials, the SEAL looks to ensure the continuation of traditional knowledge and the preservation of cultural diversity in the region. Submissions are reviewed against six key criteria, incorporating excellence, innovation, authenticity, marketability, eco-friendliness and social responsibility.

* See press release for full details of winners.

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UNESCO’s Bangkok Office
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

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Publication Date 09-10-2006 7:00 am
Publication Date 09-10-2006 7:00 am
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