In order to respond to the second objective of analyzing the evident complexity in the interrelation of the cultural structure of the handcraft trades, the technological structure, and ecological support, we made a conceptual model that shows the relations of categories, variables, and dimensions defined in the participatory workshops by artisan groups.
The eco-technological model, an approach to a technological model for handcraft production
Following the research objective of evident complexity within the interrelation of the cultural structure of the handcraft trades, the technological structure, and the ecological support (Gomez & Pacheco, 2007), we made an eco-technological model which interrelated three main categories: cultural productivity, technological productivity, and ecological productivity (Gomez & Pacheco, 2007).
Its aim is to make a productive use of natural resources, turn them into raw materials and, in a handcraft (a product), giving shape to the symbolic materiality of its artisan identity.
Interrelating these categories, 27 different variables emerge that show how the handcraft production acts in relation to the use of natural resources without harming its cultural values and how it establishes technological appropriations to become efficient when responding to the market requirements.
The use of natural, human, and capital resources used for handcraft production is not always sustainable.
The local and regional policies on technological development and innovation of handcraft production reflect the institutional negligence with regards to specific actions that could change the conditions for the rural artisan communities in Colombia.
Measures the productive capacity of the handcraft trades in relation with the sustainable management of the resources linked to handcrafts.
Identifies the synergy of two elements: the knowledge included in the handcraft techniques for the use of resources (natural and artificial), the technical capacity of the organization of the production process for a sustainable management of natural resources.
Since 1959, the local handcrafts, carved in Ceiba roja wood (Bombacopsis quinata), have achieved a recognized position on the national market.