The Zimbabwe Applied Art in Craft Association is an association of Zimbabwean Crafters from in January 2010,it has been registered under the Zimbabwean bylaws.This Idea of coming together came about after most of the crafters realised they have common challenges affecting them as individuals and only by been group can they be able to promote and foster their contemporary and tradiditional crafts made in Zimbabwe.Its membership is drawn from some provinces in Zimbabwe and the membership is set to grow to all the other proncives. The common challengs were that of eradicating poverty through sustanable projects as capatity building,product development ,networking and marketing.
The crafters have been under marginalised by the society and remained poor because of the middleman.Although the middleman becomes very important,the number of middleman has been to much with some middleman buying the crafters work for almost nothing.Now the Crafters are starting to recognise themselves as bussiness people and hence the reduction of poverty and the encouragement of the sociaty to recognise Craft as an Industry and been a source of creating employment to the under marginalised communities. The Craft Industry is a source of Cultural resource as you can notice of the traditional craft were the wisdom has been able to be passed from generation to generation and hence the presavation of our Zimbabwean Tradition.Also is the same with the wood and stone sculputures.It has been of great advatange with the introduction of the recycled art were some other work is been made from used materials such as tins,bottle tops,glass,metal and fabrics paper and this also crates an environmental friendly society.
Some other crafters have been trained to do batiks and tie and dye using the readily available resouces found in Zimbabwe and giving the Zimbabwean Identity. With all the richness in the craft made in Zimbabwe ZAACA created a positive brand for group indetity in facilittting the creativity and original design in craft production.It is now very easy to indetify the crafters of all the displines by the formation of ZAACA as with the complied membership list,the buyers can easily identify the craft work they like and know were and how to find the ZAACA crafters.Now with the cration of this website,it is becoming more easy for the people of the world to see some of the works made by the ZAACA members and be able to make direct contacts from a one stop shop. Enjoy your shopping on our website