MUSCAT — The Public Authority for Craft Industries (PACI) is conducting a training programme in the Wilayat of Sohar in the field of craftsmanship based on aluminium as a raw material for making handicraft products. The programme witnessed unprecedented rush during the registration period. The programme marks the launch of a new stage during which Paci will focus on productive skills designed specially to upgrade the skills of crafts people, particularly in developing traditional aluminium products.
The participants implement the skill of fine-tuning of raw material, in addition to other skills like carving, engraving and embossing of metals. The programme, which also includes marketing skills, is seen as a way of encouraging the management of small and medium enterprises. The products will carry the hallmark of the Sultanate’s traditional industries. Aluminium is considered an ideal craft industries raw material due to the ease of its reconstruction, its light weight, its relative solidness and its flexibility to reformatting and recycling.
The aluminium products are usually artifacts, medals, ornaments and mementoes. Once streamlined, this craft industry will considerably enhance the output of the sector at a time the PACI works to develop its potential. PACI vowed to secure a professional environment for its craftsmen and craftswomen. The authority sticks to occupational health and safety measures. It recently supplied its centres with specialised equipment.
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