Published on : Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The cities and villages worldwide related to handicrafts, as well as those nationally registered, will be promoted very soon to new art destinations, according to Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.
To quote Pouya Mahmoudian, the deputy for handicrafts of the ministry, “The cited cities and villages are planned to be introduced as ‘art destinations’ to domestic and international travelers.”
While mentioning to the national register of 52 cities and villages of handicrafts, and the inscription of 11 cities and three villages of handicrafts by the World Crafts Council, Mahmoudian said: “Those handicrafts should be introduced to more tourists…. We try to introduce these areas as destinations and targets for domestic and foreign tourists.”
With 14 entries, Iran grabs the first position globally in terms of the number of cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council. Followed by China with about seven entries, Chile with four, and India with three respectively.
WCC- Asia Pacific Region in January 2020 designated the cities of Shiraz, Malayer, and Zanjan and the village of Qassemabad, putting Iran’s number of world crafts cities and villages from ten to 14.
Shiraz was named a “world city of [diverse] handicrafts”. As a global hub for woodcarving and carved-wood furniture, Malayar grabbed attention.
Zanjan gained the title of a “world city of filigree”. And Qassemabad village, which is famous for its traditional costumes, was showcased as a world hub of handicrafts. Chador Shab, a kind of homemade outer-garment for women, was, however, the main subject for the WCC assessment for the village.