March 29, 2023

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Crafters to hold major exhibits during Noruz

TEHRAN – Hundreds of local craftspeople will be holding major exhibitions of their works during Noruz, the two-week Persian new year holiday, which officially starts on March 21.

So far, 780 Iranian crafters are scheduled to show off skills at 12 upcoming exhibitions nationwide, an official with the ministry of cultural heritage and tourism said on Tuesday.

The event named “My Iran” will be held in Tehran, Qom, Yazd, Hamedan, and some other cities, the official said.

The value of Iran’s handicraft exports stood at $400 million during the first ten months of the current Iranian calendar year 1401 (Mar. 21, 2022 – Jan. 20, 2023), the deputy tourism minister said last month.

Compared with the same period a year earlier, the figure represents some 30 percent growth, Maryam Jalali Dehkordi said.

“The Islamic Republic exported $400 million worth of handicrafts during the first ten months of the current year, which shows a 30 percent increase year on year.”

Iran exported some $320 million worth of handicrafts during the past Iranian year (1400), the official stated.

The Islamic Republic has the most cities and towns registered with the World Crafts Council (WCC), followed by China with seven, Chile with four, and India with three designated ones.

The WCC-Asia-Pacific Region designated Shiraz, Malayer, Zanjan, and the village of Qasemabad in January 2020, bringing the total number of craft cities and towns in Iran from 10 to 14. Shiraz has been dubbed “the world city of [various] handicrafts.”

Malayer became a center for woodcarving and carved wood furniture on a global scale. The designation “world city of filigree” was given to Zanjan. The village of Qassemabad, which is renowned throughout the country for its traditional costumes, was also promoted to a major handicrafts center on an international scale.

Ceramics, porcelain, handwoven clothing, jewelry, and semi-precious stones are among Iranian handicrafts traditionally exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, the U.S., and the Persian Gulf coastal states, to name a few.


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