Lead by the Pikimachay Foundation as a private/public initiative, its main objective in the crafts sector to foster local know-how, improve and generate opportunities for craftsmen, and enrich their skills through education and iteration.
The research programme is centered on the development of the new National Craft Design and Innovation Center in Ayacucho, Peru. As part of our process, and in order to understand the Peruvian craft ecosystem, a 10 day research session is carried out in Peru to meet with national and regional governments as well as artisans, businessmen and citizens alike. A roadmap is devised from the research that presents new perspectives, new challenges, and new opportunities.
Given that Ayacucho is the unofficial epicenter of Peruvian craft, craftsmen have lived there since the times of the Wari culture. Nonetheless these communities do not have access to work with the precious local resources. Last but not least, skills and techniques are being lost because the younger generations are simply not interested.
Currently these insights are on the verge of solidifying into an integrated set of pilot projects, a physical craft lab for craftsmen of the 21st century, a program for craft education in design and innovation and the founding of the official center.
This project is currently being developed.