Senia Jugi, Lim Tiang Ek, Siriporn
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Malaysia arts cooperative AHPADA (Association of SouthEast Asian Nations Handicraft Promotion and Development Association) is an artistic powerhouse. Established as a result of 1981’s Workshop on Handicraft for Export in Bangkok, AHPADA formally began as a forum for both government and private entities to work together on promoting and developing the arts and crafts of Malaysia. Given its background, AHPADA is necessarily complex, with founding members hailing from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Since its inception, the group expanded to include representatives from Singapore and Brunei Darusalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
The fascination with native arts and crafts from this region is renowned and multifaceted. AHPADA’s members create a range of textiles and apparel, with one of their most recognizable products being creatively configured, woven hats.
It’s one thing to encourage young artisans to reach their creative potential, but AHPADA goes beyond that goal to encompass individuals who are creatively minded but face physical and developmental challenges. For years, the organization has fostered artisans from a wide range of backgrounds, encouraging those with disabilities to express themselves through painted textiles and other crafts historically associated with Southern Asia.