Crafts are the symbols of culture, and artisans are the pioneers of culture. With these principles in mind, the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute works to promote crafts and nurture craft workers. In recent years, we have focused on introducing Taiwan's crafts to the world. Toward this goal, we have been working to create legal frameworks, train skilled individuals, encourage regional cooperation and develop new markets. We are grateful that traditional handicrafts have now found their place in this knowledge-based economy. A 21 century renaissance for Taiwanese crafts is at hand!