Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

$10,000 in prizes offered in UNESCO contest

POHNPEI, Palikir (FSM Information Service): August 2000 - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization prizes totaling $10,000 will be presented to winning entries during the Asia Pacific Regional Exhibition/Seminar/Workshop on Embroidery in Hyderabad, India, January 2001.

The theme chosen for the prizes is hand-embroidered textile, according to a UNESCO press release.

The prizes are intended to reward artisans for original models in their respective trades and to stimulate the organization of regional crafts exhibitions, according to the release.

Artisans/creators are invited to present innovative models based on traditional or ancestral know-how. The designs must be suitable for the international market.

There will be two categories of competition: traditional/tribal embroidery and contemporary.

First place winner in each category will take away $2,500; second place, $1,500, and third place will receive $1,000, according to the release.

The national commission for UNESCO or any agency designated by the National Commission of the Member States in the Asia and Pacific region will submit nominated works. FSM citizens can get more information from the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs, Palikir, Pohnpei, FM 96941.

To be eligible a candidate will be required to fill out an entry form accompanied by a fact sheet describing the work entered for the competition.

The prizes may be awarded either to one craft worker or to several craft workers employed in a private or public crafts body.

An international panel will select the prizewinner.

The entry form, together with the description of the piece to be entered must be submitted by November 15, 2000, to

Mr. Indrasen Vencatachellum
Chief, Unit for Crafts and Design
Division of Creativity, Cultural Industries and Copyright,
1, ru Miollis, 75732 - Paris Cedex 15, France

with copies sent to

The Crafts Council of India
GF, Temple Trees
20, Venkatanarayana Road
T. Nagar
Chennai 600-017, India


The Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Education, Room 203
"C" Wing, Shastri Bhavan
New Delhi 110001, India

Except for the winning pieces all work will be returned. The competitors undertake to give their work free of charge to UNESCO for a permanent exhibition if they are selected for the prize, according to the release.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356