Iran’s handicraft cities & villages fortify businesses, says deputy tourism minister

Published on : Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On Saturday, Pouya Mahmoudian, deputy tourism minister of Iran declared that national and global registration allows these villages and cities to be brought to forefront and their capacities to be promoted.

In the field of handicrafts, the moment a city or village registered on an international scale or at a national level, the growth and expansion of its infrastructure turns out to be a public demand by anyone residing there, the official explained.

The world cities of handicrafts can truly turn into tourist destinations, along with being the centers for students, entrepreneurs, and visitors keen on handicraft art, she explained.

Also, she observed that tourism’s one of the biggest goals is to lift up the status of these cities as well as village areas.
Iran with 14 entries ranks first for the number of cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council in the world, as China with seven entries, Chile with four, and India with three ones come next.

The cities of Shiraz, Malayer, and Zanjan and the village of Qassemabad in January 2020 were designated by the WCC- Asia Pacific Region, placing the number of world crafts cities and villages in Iran from ten to 14.

Shiraz was named a “world city of [diverse] handicrafts”. Malayer was made a global hub for woodcarving and carved-wood furniture. Zanjan grabbed “world city of filigree” title. And Qassemabad village, which is known for its traditional costumes in the country, was also promoted to 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.

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