National Seal of Excellence granted to 52 Iranian handicrafts

December 1, 2021 - 21:0

TEHRAN – A selection of 52 high-quality works handcrafted by the natives of Khuzestan province has been granted the National Seal of Excellence, the provincial tourism chief has announced.

Winners were picked by a panel of national juries from a shortlist of 80 works, Seyyed Hekmatollah Musavi said on Tuesday. 

“Khuzestani craftsmen and artists have done remarkable work over the past few years, considering the growing trend in the field and the efforts made to promote handicraft in the villages and cities of the [southwestern] province,”  the official added. 

The National Seal of Excellence is given to high-quality, selected works to support craftspeople, improve the quality of their works and preserve the originality of this industry, and create sustainable employment.

With 14 entries, Iran ranks first globally for the number of cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council, as China with seven entries, Chile with four, and India with three ones come next.

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

The value of Iran’s handicrafts exports stood at $120 million during the first eleven months of the past Iranian calendar year 1399 (March 20, 2020 – February 18, 2021), Mehr reported. The country’s handicrafts exports slumped during the mentioned months in comparison to the same period last a year earlier due to the damage the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on global trade.

The Islamic Republic exported $427 million worth of handicrafts during the first eleven months of the calendar year 1398. Of the figure, some $190 million was earned via suitcase trade (allowed for customs-free and tax-free transfer) through 20 provinces, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

Ceramics, pottery vessels, handwoven cloths as well as personal ornamentations with precious and semi-precious gemstones are traditionally exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, the U.S., the UK, and other countries.

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