With its immense diversity and history through the centuries, Mediterranean civilization developed its own color language, frames and forms, expressed through rites, objects, figures and artistic celebrations. Mediterranean arts are not just repositories of heritage: based on traditional knowledge, they can and should also serve as a foundation for new and innovative concepts.
As an existing regional program since 1998, Euromed Heritage – funded by the European Union – has contributed significantly to the development of the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean region, at different levels, but also in the context of promoting a development approach socioeconomic local communities, while contributing to the development of regional identities. Euromed Heritage 4 represents a milestone breakthrough in the recognition process of “culture” because it is the catalyst contributing to mutual understanding of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. Likewise, it aims to foster the re-appropriation by these people of their own national and regional cultural legacy through easier access to education and knowledge of their heritage.
Crafts and traditional techniques development were addressed in some of the projects developed during the successive phases of the Euromed Heritage program. A comprehensive approach Focused on the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage in a holistic way, few projects have focused on the expansion of crafts – perceived as an integral part of community development and the changing status of women – but Also on the tourism boom.
However, these projects are also founded on the proven fact that the abundant Mediterranean cultural heritage and centuries of evolutionary traditions are reflected in the wide variety of crafts practiced in the area, these crafts are de facto identity reflects the ethnic groups generated them. Over time, crafts such as ceramics, weaving, embroidery, jewelery, wood, engraving, etc. does have nevertheless kept their particularities. If, so far, they have survived beyond the times, they are now endangered because of a lack of interest and resources, concurrently due to oppressive industrialization, mass production cheap imitations, and globalization. The contribution of Euromed Heritage, for the preservation of crafts, induces a wide range of activities, including inventory models and traditional techniques, training in handicrafts – both traditional and innovative – access to micro-credit, the creation of quality labels