The Handicraft Centre at Palime, 50 miles (80 kilometres) North of Togo's capital, is dedicated to the preservation of Togolese and African art.
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SV People dusting pots
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Background: The Handicraft Centre at Palime, 50 miles (80 kilometres) North of Togo's capital, is dedicated to the preservation of Togolese and African art. It had become one of the region's show places and its stands at the Palime Town Hall and the principal hotels are important tourist attractions.
The Centre was opened in 1967 and now has two distinct branches: a pottery section, which turns out vases, plates, ashtrays, etc., and a wood sculpture section, which produces furniture, statues and masks. All the work reflects ancient African traditions.
The volume of sales has increased every year since the centre opened, and is seen as a potentially important source of income for the region, which is otherwise chiefly agricultural. Overseas exhibitions in countries such as Canada and West Germany have met with outstanding success.
In view of the artistic and economic importance of the centre, Togo's Ministry of National Education provides financial aid for its continued development. New handicraft workers are being trained constantly, under the direction of a French professor of ceramics and two French assistants.