The fifth edition of the Puerto Rico Craft Fair drew about 10,000 people to the Convention Center this weekend to support the work of more than 250 artisans, who reported sales exceeding a combined $200,000.
“We appreciate the participation of all the people who contributed to our artisans and helped the island’s economic development, because the investment in each of the handcrafted pieces that were sold is a direct incentive for our economy,” said Luis Ortiz, deputy executive director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company.
During the fair, artisan Teodoro Vidal, who has devoted much of his life to documenting important elements of Puerto Rican tradition through his craftsmanship, was also recognized.
“Since the middle of last century Don Teodoro had the vision to rescue, collect and preserve our traditions and their work reflects the humility that characterizes the collective history of Puerto Ricans,” said Ortiz.
Through its artisan development division, Pridco has provided support to the creative sector through incentives, sponsorships, workshops and activities for the past 35 years. Apart from the traditional Puerto Rico Craft Fair held annually during the month of December, the division organizes other activities throughout the year, such as the “Live Carving Contest” and “Artisan Month.”