Recently in late May, a group of experts from the World Crafts Council (WCC), a non-profit, non-governmental organization affiliated to UNESCO, met in Cuba to evaluate the nomination of the heritage city of Trinidad as World Crafts City in 2018.
Mr. Alberto de Betolaza, President of WCC Latin America, praised the handicrafts work that is produced in Trinidad, a World Heritage Site since 1988.
The Santander family workshop, linked for generations to pottery making; Yudit Vidal Faife’s art gallery—besides a visual artist, she is famous for her work with embroiderers; Peña Street, a local, outdoor craft exhibition and sales venue; the preservation of handiwork associated with linen products; the numerous workshops of embroiderers and weavers who carry on and revitalize ancestral techniques; the valuable traditions of pottery and ceramics; and the skills in furniture design and production have all made Trinidad a place not only of conservation but also of innovation in handicrafts, in which several generations of creators are involved.
Furthermore, Trinidad crafts represent an important line of business and livelihoods of several families who are culturally and creatively linked to the intense tourist activity in one of Cuba’s first towns. Trinidad’s nomination as World Crafts City provides an incentive to strengthen those skills and promote fellowship among their craftspeople and among the craftspeople of the thirty some cities that have received this title, only four of which are Latin American.