Woven rattan products (1)
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Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), Philippines. 2001. Woven rattan products (1). INBAR, Beijing, China
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Community based woven rattan products manufactuing
This TOTEM describes the experiences of the Community Crafts Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CCAP). The CCAP was established in 1973 and federates and serves as a marketing arm of cottage or small-scale enterprises engaged in the production of rattan and other NTFP-based handicrafts in various parts of the Philippines. By illustrating the experiences of the communities involved in this way it is hoped that it will provide useful information for others wishing to adopt such a system of manufacturing woven products. The CCAP is a non-stock and non-profit organization. It was established on May 7, 1973 with a mission to significantly contribute to the social and economic development of the country’s urban and rural poor with a particular focus on community craftworkers nationwide. Its main goal is to promote fair trade for craft producers through its various local and international marketing linkages. This strategy is complemented by providing various capability building programs aimed at developing socially and self-reliant craft-producer groups or associations. The handicraft producers organizations in different parts of the country associated with CCAP include ethnic groups, slum communities in urban centres and resettlement projects, and craftworkers in the rural areas. The member producer groups throughout the Philippines directly employ around 2,000 workers. Aside from rattan, the CCAP-organized producer groups manufacture various types of GTH (gifts, toys and housewares) and decorative items from other NTFPs. These include bamboo, abaca (Musa textiles), pandan (Pandanus spp.), nito (Lygodium spp.) woody vines or lianas, palms, sedges, twigs and bark. These are fashioned from single or mixed raw materials based on the product specifications and designs from the CCAP. The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) has been one of the agencies assisting the operation of the CCAP and its member producer groups since 1996. The Institute has been providing technical assistance and advisory/consultancy services on raw material sourcing, processing techniques and design and installation of equipment.