Events Related to Kaivalam

Major Events Related to Kaivalam

World Crafts Council (WCC), the only international NGO working in the craft sector, is affiliated to UNESCO in a consultative status and has under its aegis the five regions Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

WCC is hosting Kaivalam, a first of its kind, a WORLD CRAFTS SUMMIT FROM 7TH TO 10TH OCTOBER 2012 in Chennai, to coincide with its 17th General Assembly.


The Future is Handmade – A Seminar with eminent speakers from across the world.

Participation of dynamic speakers like the renowned Kenya Hara, founder of the iconic international brand Muji; Adelia Borges, the leading authority on sustainability of craft from Brazil, Marcella Echavarria, the social entrepreneur and branding expert associated with the fashion house Donna Karan; Mr. Indrasen Vencatachellum, ex-UNESCO and Jean Francoise Lasage, the leading Inter-national Couture embroiderer, among others. At ITC Chola, on October 7 – 10.

World Crafts Council – Crafts Expo ITC Grand Chola
An exhibition and sale of handcrafted items from around the world:
Australia, CODEPA (Africa) countries, China, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Namibia, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, Swaziland, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and from India the Crafts Council of India’s craft shop Kamala and
the Tamil Nadu State Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar)
At ITC Grand Chola, Oct 7 – 10, 2012  from  10am – 7pm

An exhibition by the National Institute of Design (NID)
Basket weaving traditions from Zimbabwe.
ITC Grand Chola, Oct 7 – 10, 2012 from 10am – 7pm

Ganjam—the joy of handcrafting
This is an exhibition and sale of fine jewellery.
ITC Grand Chola, Oct 7 – 10, 2012 from 10 am – 8 pm

Jewelled Treasures II
Featuring fine jewellery from across India
ITC Grand Chola, Oct 7 – 10, 2012 from 10 am – 8 pm


Living Legends – Legends in crafts and textiles will showcase their craft forms and interact with audiences through this event. An immersive experience, the event will be an exchange between both International and Indian master craftspeople. Participants include Remigio Mestas Revilla, the renowned award winning Mexican weaver; Gahaya Links from Rwanda known for the project of the “Peace Basket”; Moussa Albaka, the Silver artisan from Niger; Zarina with her embroideries from Uzbekistan and George Valris, the famous sequinned and beaded vodoun flag artist. This will be a fantastic  opportunity to view and meet foreign artisans.

Experiences of the integration of craft, religion and performance / Cultural Extravaganza – Fashion shows, music and dances.