The Representatives of China and Bangladesh at the ongoing International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) on Wednesday in Abuja said they were interested in some cultural exchange programmes with Nigeria and other countries present.
The expo held at the FCT Exhibition Pavilion with the theme: “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.
The representatives of the countries told the Nigeria News Agency that the exchange programme envisaged would be on teaching Nigerians most of their arts and crafts while they learn the same from Nigerians.
According to them, this will further foster unity and harmony among the countries and that INAC was the best platform to perfect such mutual interest.
Mr Wang Guiping, First Secretary of Culture, Chinese Embassy, said the country would like to teach Nigerians and other countries at the fair most of the arts and crafts peculiar to their country.
He listed most of the arts as: Terracotta, Ceramics, Paintings, Martial Arts and more.
According to him, this will broaden the knowledge of individuals from the both countries on arts and crafts, urging interested individuals to visit the China stand.
“As many people that will be interested in this, they will be given audience even after the fair at the Chinese Embassy and special classes will be organised for them.
“We are also interested in people learning our language and culture,” he said.
Mr Ahmed Ullah, Director, Bangladesh Folk Arts and Crafts Foundation, said that the country was prepared to train Nigerians and other countries’ delegates on how to make local fabric peculiar to Bangladesh.
He said that the fabric was referred to as “Nakshi Kathe” which were processed through wooden looms to make bedsheet and duvet.
He noted that it would take three months for an individual to learn, adding that a woman had been stationed at the Bangladesh tent to train people after which arrangement would be made to continue after the expo.
“We are here to promote Nigerian arts and crafts, likewise ours, we want people to explore our arts and crafts, especially the making of our local fabric.
“We have come with the loom with which we can train interested persons in learning how to make the fabric.
“Nigerians can use this fabric because they are light and soothing to the body.
“We also have other home decorations locally made in the country which could be learnt by Nigerians and other countries,” he said.
(Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Peter Ejiofor (NAN))
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