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Fijian made certification to 17 craft makers

Seventeen craftsmen and women have moved a step closer to earning well earned income through their traditional work of art and crafts.

While receiving Fijian Made Crafts certification from acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the men and women were delighted to have their work finally recognised by the government.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the certification would allow for the members of the Fiji Crafts Society to promote authentic Fiji made products to the international community.

"I encourage the handicraft stores and gift shops to sell these genuine Fijian products," he said.

"This means more collaboration with local artisans and to collaborate with our local artisans would mean people should expect a higher price.

"Because at the end of the day, while promoting our people and their work, we are also empowering them and we are able to showcase to other parts of the world not just their skill sets but we are also giving them the ability to have access to prosperity."

Fiji Crafts Society president Niqa Tuvuki said the certification and licences given to their members was a step in the right direction in preserving the traditional skill set that people in Fiji have.

"This is a milestone for these great people of Fiji," Ms Tuvuki said.

"They have been around for more than 20 to 30 years and they have passed down these traditional knowledge to their family members so that it is kept alive. Now that they are going to benefit from their skills financially, having this licence will give them the confidence and help them sustain their different gifts."

(Source: The Fiji Times)