Promote understanding of ethnic cultures in Laos

by Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) via the Luang Prabang Fund for Culture and Conservation

Summary

This project supports rural ethnic communities in Laos to preserve and share their traditional knowledge through education, exhibitions, and handicrafts development.
$18,000
total goal
$8,030
remaining
67
donors
0
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Laos is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in Southeast Asia, but most visitors, and locals themselves, are not aware of this. Additionally, uncontrolled or poorly managed tourism and a rapid influx of new wealth often weaken community ties. As a result, rural ethnic groups have turned from practicing their traditional arts and skills to seeking alternative ways to generate income, often missing opportunities to promote and transmit their culture.

Solution

In order to prevent the irretrievable loss of this knowledge among the most vulnerable populations, we provide new markets for ethnic minority handicrafts, a way to document their traditional knowledge, and diversity education programs that promote cultural pride for youth. TAEC is the only museum of its kind in Laos providing wide-ranging programs for communities as well as exhibitions for local and international visitors.

Long-Term Impact

Future generations of Lao people will gain increased access, understanding, and appreciation of traditional crafts and knowledge. The heritage and textile sectors in Laos will grow and provide sustainable income alternatives. Cultural and artisanal heritage in Laos will be preserved and promoted.

Resources

TAEC website
Project Leader:
Tara Gujadhur
Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic
$9,970 raised of $18,000 goal
 
79 donations
$8,030 to go
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