Center for Culture and Development -
The Netherlands

Reviving tangible & intangible culture heritage

Our Story​

The Center for Culture and Development-The Netherlands (CCD-NL) was established and registered as a Dutch foundation (Stichting) with the aim to promote culture and development in The Netherlands as well as forging international cooperation with countries that have strong history, culture, heritage and economy with The Netherlands.  We translate our vision and missions into activities and/ or projects for sustainable development, peace and security that impacted individual, community and society at large, also focusing on creativity, innovation and digitalization for Culture sustainable development! 

Our Blogposts

CCD-NL has been creating new exciting blogposts about the history of the foundation and much more!Our newsletter editor, Andrew Dion is in charge of writing exciting content for the organization. Stay tuned for more blogs to come! You can view our latest one by clicking on the button below! 

Our Ongoing Projects

Indonesian Ikat project

We are currently working on many exciting events. Our E-commerce coordinator, Feraldi is currently working closely together with our Ikat Manager, Rebekha in order to make our Facebook Shop more diverse. You can find it here !  

Disclaimer: CCD-NL is a non-profit organization and all proceeds from the sales therefore go to the artisans! 

European Solidarity Project

CCD-NL envisions the European Solidarity Project, lead by our intern Reann, to be a creative yet structured means by which solidarity can be cultivated and maintained throughout the Pan-European region particularly in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The main objective of this project is to execute a series of online exhibitive seminars, panel discussions, workshops and open discussions revolved around the development of Ikat within the Pan-European region. Stay tuned for more information on this project! 

Japanese Kasuri Project

On the 2nd of September we will hold our third online event for 2021 the webinar ‘Sharing Kasuri’s Tomorrow’. This webinar aims to feature a conversation on Kasuri’s future, its sustainable preservation through the relation between Japan and the Netherlands.

Most importantly, it will feature a new Japanese Ryuku Kasuri artisan from Okinawa which will expand our definition of ‘Kasuri’ to explore the different types and characteristics of Kasuri.

One of our themes also revolve around climate. Kasuri is made in traditional sustainable methods using the natural environment, which can be inspiring to artists and essential for the future in maintaining or developing cultural products. The webinar will explore how Kasuri is made, and dyed with indigo dye, further connecting the profound cultural relations the Netherlands and Japan have through history.

What is unique about this webinar is that there will be a new collaboration project between Japanese artisan Kyozo Shimogawa and Dutch designer Laura Luchtman. This will portray in detail how Kasuri patterns and creation methods would be incorporated into Dutch interior design and lifestyle, by understanding how textile design and Kasuri could merge together.

What is the aim of this webinar?
The Netherlands and Japan have had long cultural interactions since the 17th century when Japan held an isolationist foreign policy under the Tokugawa shogunate. CCD-NL recognises its profound historical-cultural links between these two countries, and this is exemplified especially through Kasuri.

Our last Kasuri webinars have demonstrated this point by examining Kasuri’s history, and tradition. Our next webinar which will be held on the 2nd of September outlines how this profound cultural interaction between the two countries will further be maintained through Kasuri’s development with Western culture, while reflecting sustainable methods of Kasuri’s creation which will undoubtedly be an inspiration for all.

For more information about this webinar follow us on Instagram @ccd_nl to follow our updates on this webinar and check out our webinar leaflet.

Do you want to donate to our organization?

CCD-NL is helping Japanese Kasuri artisans through the Kasuri geef campaign! You can make your donation here.

Following a successful webinar at the end of 2020, the Indian Ikat project team has set out to follow up with a second webinar (date tba)! This second webinar will be organised in collaboration with Indian and Dutch artisans. While the details of the webinar is yet to be announced, it can be expected that artisans from both India and the Netherlands will discuss the present state of Ikat, while also addressing the current sanitary situation (especially as India faces a second deadly wave of the Covid-19 virus). This webinar will also allow for the audience to ask questions about Indian Ikat, and its presence in the Netherlands. This project is being lead by our Indian project coordinator, Roxane.
Click on the image to watch our video with NTT, Indonesian Ikat

Our Focus



Organization of webinars and workshops

Creating capacity building sustainable development projects

Creating projects for peace and reconciliation

Creating environmental conservation projects

Conducting research on the intellectual property rights for Ikat

Our Aims

To build local and international projects, programs and activities focused on culture and development.

 To build a network with organizations shared the same values and interests.

 To deliver leaders and professionals committed to culture preservation and development.


Our partners

We collaborate with many international partners. However, to COVID-19 restrictions our focus has shifted to work directly with local artisans and empowering them through CCD-NL Ikat Platform that was launched in July 2020

International partners (now part of Ikat platform):

  • (NTT) Indonesia: Gunung Mako from Alor, Wahor Hadomi in Belu, Marsa and Asmawet Fattu in Rote-Ndao, Kampung Patola weaving group from Alor

  • Japan: Kyouzou Shimogawa, owner of “Shimogawa Orimono” in Kurume
  • India: Pankaja Sethi, weaving group Nuapatna, Odisha
  • The Netherlands: Nikkie Wester, De Wasserij, Jacob de Baan, Laura Luchtman, Gyanni Antonya

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