Tourism Minister of Iran honors crafters & artisans

Published on : Monday, February 22, 2021

At the closing ceremony of the 5th Fajr national handicrafts festival, Behruz Zarindashti in ceramic and Sara Hedayat in costume designing received Silver Cypress, one of the important crafts shows of Iran organized in the National Museum. This edition of the festival was held entirely online due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In addition, according to organizers, Abbas Jalalikia in woodwork, Zeinab Masudi in illumination, Saru Moqerchian in metalwork, and Vajiheh Sadat Jalali in woodcarving received honorable mentions. Ahmad Shishegar, who was a master of tilework, and Amir Saeim, a master of toreutics, the recently-deceased veteran crafters were also honored posthumously in the ceremony. Also, the event was attended by tens of artists, crafters, and cultural officials.

More than 150 crafters practicing in various fields of handicrafts took part in this festival. Several of them were honored during the ceremony.
This edition of the 5th Fajr national handicrafts festival, which brought works together from all over Iran. It is also a venue for showcasing tens of ancient and modern Iranian handicrafts.

The event showcased woodwork, illuminated manuscript, miniature, textile printing, enamel, leatherwork, calligraphy, metalwork, mirrorwork, and marquetry, among others. Also, it showcased potteries, ceramics, personal ornamentation, rugs, and kilim carpets.

Iran ranks first globally for the number of cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council with 14 entries, 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 were designated by the WCC- Asia Pacific Region in January 2020. This has placed Iran’s number of world crafts cities and villages from ten to 14.

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