Local authorities seek to revive Chabahar arts

February 12, 2022 - 21:33

TEHRAN-Local authorities plan to revive traditional arts and forgotten handicrafts in Chabahar port, southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, CHTN reported on Saturday. 

The old Chabahar customs building will host cultural programs aimed at reviving the traditional arts of the region, said Abdolhamid Baluchzadeh, Chabahar’s tourism chief. 

Cultural events, such as performances of traditional music and exhibitions of traditional arts and crafts are scheduled to be held in the Qajar-era (1789-1925) monument, the official added. 

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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