Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI)

Cape Town, 37 Barrack Street

The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The CCDI has also been adopted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as a model craft hub, to serve as a template for the establishment of similar craft institutes in other provinces of South Africa.

The CCDI supports craft producers and helps to network all players in the product-to-market chain. This includes craft producers and designer-makers, retailers, marketing agents, exporters and service providers such as designers, product developers, skills trainers, business development practitioners and mentors. Government and other funders form a vital part of this collaboration, to build relationships across sectors.

The CCDI has three core programmes:

1. Product support provides an environment in which craft producers can further develop their existing products, and prototype new products.
2. Business support offers training and learnerships to develop craft producers' skills in creativity, business management, production and marketing. There is also mentoring assistance and a referral system for craft enterprises.
3. Market support helps craft producers to define their targeted niche markets and to reach them through channels such as local craft markets and consumer shows, retail outlets and trade shows.

Erica Elk

2nd Floor Harrington House
37 Barrack Street
East City, Cape Town

P O Box 3225
Cape Town
8000

T: 021 4611 488
F: 021 4611 228
E: info@ccdi.org.za
W: www.ccdi.org.za

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contemporary design/craft professional development research technical services collaborative practice western cape