The Catacaos Project

Filigrana de Catacaos

This project challenge, carried out by Innovarte and financed by the by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) and the Commission for Exports Promotion, was aimed to achieve innovative products for the tourist sector and exportation, in a wide program that included training, technological innovation, design and promotion, which main objective was the creation of a new tourist offer in the Piura region.

The project consisted of the modernization of the filigree traditional techniques for the Catacaos filigree industry, one of the most outstanding craftwork in Peru. INNOVARTE worked for the filigree artisan group “CITE JOYERIA”, jewellers who presented at the beginning of the project, several problems based on their lack of competitiveness. This was due mainly to the fact that their products were getting out of date in modern markets, and stuck in form design and functions unchanged for many centuries.