Naturally, the production of this crafts
catalog, as presented was the result of a collective effort
that we want to recognize. Special thanks are due to the Latin
American and Caribbean Regional Cultural UNESCO office in
Havana (ORCALC). Thanks go to its Regional Director, Francisco
Lacayo, for the financial support and assistance given to
It is fitting, too, to specially recognize
the Ministry for Culture, in the person of its Secretary,
Tony Raful, who agreed to sound the opening notes of the catalog.
We also thank the leader of the National Crafts Center, Teódulo
Mercedes, and the head of the Creative Hands Development
Program, Virginia Roca, who afforded us their counsels and
opinions throughout the project.
Other institutions and professionals have
contributed intellectually in the diverse phases of the proyect.
We particularly want to thank the Ministry of Tourism, the
Community Development Foundation (FUDECO), the Salcedo Farmworkers
Federation (CAFESA), the Don Tomás Morel Folklore Museum
in Santiago, Plan Sierra in San José de las Matas,
the Father Arthur Center in San José de Ocoa; as well
as Soraya Aracena the anthropologist, Irka Mateo who is an
artist and music researcher, Norma Rivera de Vargas, the President
of the Dominican Jewelers and Craftsmen Association, Radhamés
Carela, who is a craftsman in El Higuerito, Henry Crisóstomo,
the Director of the NEOARTE Cultural Project in Moca, Temístocles
Féliz, a crafts-worker and cultural leader in Cabral,
Barahona, and José Lantigua Cruz ("Bule"),
who is a fine artist and artisan in La Vega.
Gathering the information and conducting
the interviews with the crafts people needed various trips
within the country. In order to accomplish them, we counted
on the important support of ASONAHORES' Board of Directors
member Rafael Blanco Canto, who provided us with lodging in
various affiliated hotels.
A special thanks and acknowledgement goes
to all the artisans who received our staff and shared their
knowledge and experience.
Finally, our very special gratitude goes
to our field-workers and to the staff with whim we worked
more closely: the Dominican Institute for Integral Development
(IDDI) and its Director, David Luther; to José De Ferrari,
tireless impetus and coordinator of the project; to Gianfranco
Lanzetti, the photographer; and to Blas Jiménez, Secretary
General of the Dominican National Commission for UNESCO.