The electronic trading platform, where masters of applied arts will be able to present their products for sale, will start working in early 2022. Yulia Nikitina, PR manager of the PORA Expert Center, announced this at the III Northern Forum on Sustainable Development.
“We want to launch a website that will help everyone who lives in the Arctic Circle find new buyers for their goods, since the traditional economy of the indigenous small peoples of the North, in addition to hunting and fishing, includes folk arts and crafts.
Representatives of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North from the Murmansk region to Yakutia make clothes, sew high fur boots, make tambourines, products from a deer horn, mammoth bone, fish skin, and jewelry. The Arctic is rich in natural furs. And for all this there are buyers with whom sellers need to be brought together, and this is the biggest problem today, since the beginning of the production chain is located far beyond the Arctic Circle, and not just in remote villages, but most often in the tundra. We plan to launch the marketplace in early 2022”, said Yulia Nikitina.
According to her, today about 20 craftsmen are ready to create personal accounts and place their products on the site. While the developers are deciding the issue of connecting the acquiring system to the site in order to guarantee the purchase process.
“The PORA Expert Center will ensure the reliability of the transaction and the guarantee of payment. The posting of works on the site will be free for the craftsmen – the main thing is that they have to prepare beautiful photographs of their products on their own”, noted Yulia Nikitina.
Earlier we wrote that in Russia a large-scale information and educational project Children of the Arctic was launched and an online translator for the languages of indigenous peoples, including those living in the Arctic region, was being created.
Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: Dmitry Artyukhov / vk.com / artyukhov_da and Olga Polyanskaya