Arts and crafts comprises all activities and hobbies that are related to making things with one's own hands
with skill. This can be sub-divided into handicrafts or "traditional crafts" which have been practiced
for centuries, and other newer crafts which are modern inventions or popularisations
of crafts originally practiced in a very small geographic area.
local craft industries are among the major sources of livelihood and employment for hundreds of workers in the region. The region’s arts and craft products have the potential to become the country’s
best because of their unique designs and quality materials.
As of the moment, Caraga has a total of 57 arts and crafts
producers employing more than 1,000 workers.
New business opportunities were presented to these producers
when the Regional Development Council mounted the “Caraga Goes to Manila (CGTM)” activity in 1999 and 2000. The highlight of the activity was the Hinang Caraga (Made in Caraga) Trade
Fair, which generated remarkable sales of P12 M in 1999 and P7M in 2000. Since
then, products from the region have been exposed to national and international markets through trade fairs and exhibits.
In 2003, Caraga’s products were put in the international limelight
when the region was chosen for the Manila FAME International – Partner Region Program, April and October edition at
the World Trade Center,
Pasay City. In the April 24-27 edition, fifteen (15)
firms participated in the activity with total sales of P6.527 million. The October 23-26 edition was attended by 17 firms
and generated sales of P7.5 million.
The cluster thinks about producing globally competitive products
while utilizing locally available raw materials to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the Caragans. To achieve this, the cluster seeks to satisfy its buyers and unify its members. They want to work together because of the stiff competition both in the domestic and global markets
Supporting its vision and mission are the following goals of the cluster:
Implement sustainable product development and branding
· Regular market development programs
· Establish raw material center
· Skills enhancement for craft workers
· Establish mobilization funds which will be used to finance trade fairs, raw material
procurement, and for re-lending to arts and crafts producers