Is a stop over within a larger and ambitious journey, aiming at contributing to the development and renewal of the traditional Dominican craft. A stop over that enables us to better know the craftsmen and craftswomen, where they are and what they do, as well as how they do what they do.

A stop over to look at and to study diverse objects, produced and transformed by creative hands expressing the day by day life and imaginary rooted in plural traditions and folklore diversity of the Dominican Republic.

This journey is shared by UNESCO, through its Offices in Santo Domingo and Havana (which is also the Regional Office for Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean), the Dominican Institute for Integral Development, the Secretariat of State for Culture and other organizations, as they recognize the vital importance of the craft sector to the national cultural development and to poverty reduction strategies. Luis M. Tiburcio UNESCO Representative.

UNESCO, Medium-Term Strategy, 2002-2007
The promotion of crafts constitutes another component for enhancing the linkage between culture and development. Anchored in efforts to overcome poverty and to advance sustainable development, UNESCO will assist crafts organizations and craftspeople to deal with issues such as data collection, training promotion and societal status.