Project “Raízes” (Roots)

The project ”Raízes Pedagógicas” (Pedagogical Roots) is a project of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA) whose primary goal is to value and promote the most typical and representative artisanal areas of the Azores with the younger generation.

It’s a series of teaching materials and various thematic actions that intends to drive in different contexts and on several islands. Always involves students and artisans in an intergenerational coexistence that promotes unity by history, tradition and common experiences.

The project emerged from the need to perpetuate the popular culture near children and young people growing up today, more and more distant from this context. There is now a growing generation gap, which has weakened the transmission of knowledge, in this case, the know-how.

Thus, the activities of this project intend to demonstrate, experiment and recreate these cultural contents that belong to society and are the identity of the regional heritage.


The Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA) is promoting, until the end of this week, at the Whaling Industry Museum in São Roque do Pico, various activities under the project “Raízes”.

This action counts with the realization of educational workshops and guided tours of the handicraft exhibition by Alzira and Conceição Neves, founders of the Regional Handicrafts School of Santo Amaro, in the island of Pico.

The two artisans were recently awarded with the “CoMtradição” Award, which aims to distinguish, spread and promote the exemplary performance of entities and artisans.

The activities that are being developed involve students from the 2nd and 3rd cycles, in order to raise awareness of the importance of cultural heritage which is craftsmanship and alert to the need to, not only preserve it but also transmit it to future generations.


The Regional Centre for Handicraft (CRAA), dependent body of the Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores, is promoting, till Saturday, in the island of São Jorge, various educational activities related to weaving.

These activities are part of the initiative “Raízes – Projetos Pedagógicos para o Artesanato dos Açores”, that CRAA develops to sensitize students and the scholarship community to the handicraft as an intangible cultural heritage and as an identity of the Azores.

This action that is taking place in São Jorge is a partnership with the Museum Carlos Machado and with the participation of schools of the 1st cycle and Secondary cycle, Handicraft Cooperatives of Senhora da Encarnação and from Fajã dos Vimes and the Museum Francisco Lacerda.

Among the various activities included in this initiative, we highlight the guided tours to the temporary exhibition of costumes, reflected in the Museum Francisco Lacerda, a demonstration of weaving techniques by local artisans and the participation by the spectators, in a perspective that aims to combine the traditional with the artistic.

Also a reference to a workshop in the Handicraft Cooperative Senhora da Encarnação, in Ribeira do Nabo, directed to students of the Tourism Degree from the Professional School but also open to the community.

Preceding this initiative, CRAA held a preparatory training for teachers, in order to grasp some technical and conceptual possibilities of structuring the handmade loom, making it an artistic and contemporary object.

With this set of actions, the Regional Centre for Handicraft has aimed at the enhancement and promotion of traditional weaving techniques in a perspective of continuity and exploration of new creative hypotheses, conveying to young cultural heritage and the art of the know-how.

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