Connecting importers and exporters

At 2 leading trade shows

Mar 07, 2017 by Irene Vermeulen

New products by 27 exporters from 10 countries attracted the attention of many importers and retailers. It was showcased in the pop-up exhibition ‘Linking Maker & Market’ at Heimtextil and Ambiente 2017.

Craftscurator has been hosting the Ambiente booth for 5 days, and was happy to meet so many buyers interested in sourcing craft and design products from developing countries. Buyers could immediately get information on prices, minimum quantities and production options. Most of the exporters were also exhibiting at the trade fair, allowing buyers to connect to the maker right away.

The road to the exhibition actually started about 9 months before the shows, when Craftscurator started to explore the product offer of the approximate 100 companies participating in Export Coaching Programmes by CBI. By working closely together with the exporters and their coaches, a first selection was made of interesting product ideas, materials and techniques. Each product should reflect the very best the maker has to offer. A long process of designing, developing and discussing products followed. For Craftscurator, it is a joy to see a vision come together in physical form.

To be able to share this vision with buyers, professional photos were made and communication materials developed. The selection of small furniture, basketry, tableware, home textiles, lamps, rugs and bags was displayed on a series of mobile units, specially developed for this pop-up exhibition. All units and promotional materials were branded with the ‘Linking Maker & Market’ identity, which is also applied to the website. Profiles of all companies can be found on the website, and with 1 click a buyer is able to contact the exporter of their choice directly.

Participating exporters
Beloved Beadwork | Tahiana Creation | Indigi | Easy Afric | Mungo | Prokritee | Rarity | Smart Homes | Zizamele | Yadawee | Meyer von Wielligh | OCK | Minima | Celia | Kwetu | Tashinda | Matamiss | Nans Cashmere | Tekura | Artisan Hut | Kriya Jaya | Sana Hastakala | Design Afrika | Art Land | Glass Style | Allegra | Munkh Cashmere | Visit linkingmakerandmarket.com for more information

Pop-up exhibition at AmbienteIn the foyer of hall 11.0
Pop-up exhibition at AmbienteIn the foyer of hall 11.0
'Mobile Vendors' conceptWith flexible units for displaying product
'Mobile Vendors' conceptWith flexible units for displaying product
Colourful pressed glassby Walid Onsy of Glass Style from Egypt
Colourful pressed glassby Walid Onsy of Glass Style from Egypt
Woven tea towelsby Mungo from South Africa
Woven tea towelsby Mungo from South Africa
Vetiver root basketsby Tatiana Creation from Madagascar
Vetiver root basketsby Tatiana Creation from Madagascar
Bark cloth cushion coversby Easy Afric from Uganda
Bark cloth cushion coversby Easy Afric from Uganda
Woven throws and cushion coversby Artisan Hut from Bangladesh
Woven throws and cushion coversby Artisan Hut from Bangladesh
Denim, rafia and raw silkby Art Land from Madagascar
Denim, rafia and raw silkby Art Land from Madagascar
Bamboo handwoven basketby Tashinda from Indonesia
Bamboo handwoven basketby Tashinda from Indonesia
Knitted cashmere throwsby Munkh Cashmere from Mongolia
Knitted cashmere throwsby Munkh Cashmere from Mongolia
Bamboo veneer lampsby Minima from South Africa
Bamboo veneer lampsby Minima from South Africa
Banana fibre rugsby Celia from Indonesia
Banana fibre rugsby Celia from Indonesia
Knitted cashmere throwsby Nans Cashmere from Mongolia
Knitted cashmere throwsby Nans Cashmere from Mongolia
Zipper lampsby OCK from Indonesia
Zipper lampsby OCK from Indonesia
Wooden side tableby Meyer von Wielligh from South Africa
Wooden side tableby Meyer von Wielligh from South Africa
Lamps made of paper beadsby Kwetu from Uganda
Lamps made of paper beadsby Kwetu from Uganda
Hand knitted cushion coversby Kumbeshwar from Nepal
Hand knitted cushion coversby Kumbeshwar from Nepal
Handmade swirl glassby Yadawee from Egypt
Handmade swirl glassby Yadawee from Egypt
Stools covered in recycled sariby Prokritee from Bangladesh
Stools covered in recycled sariby Prokritee from Bangladesh
'Mobile Vendors' concept
With flexible units for displaying product
Colorful pressed glass
by Walid Onsy of Glass Style
Melange in 4 African ranges
baskets, lamps, textiles and a side table
Woven tea towels
by Mungo from South Africa
Touch of retro in craft
cashmere, bamboo and shell happy together
Bark cloth cushion covers
by Easy Afric from Uganda
True blue handwork
for bags and home textiles
Recycled denim, rafia and raw silk
by Art Land from Madagascar