Ancient Shiraz to host WCC General Assembly

May 23, 2022 - 19:17

TEHRAN – The ancient city of Shiraz has been chosen to host the 39th General Assembly of the World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR) in May 2023.

“At the suggestion of Iran, Shiraz is selected to host the 39th General Assembly of the World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region by member states’ representatives in a meeting held in Bukhara, Uzbekistan,” Iran’s deputy tourism minister said on Sunday.

The proposal was approved by representatives from Thailand, Kuwait, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Australia, China, and Indonesia, Pouya Mahmoudian added.

According to the World Crafts Council, Shiraz embraces 80 main fields and 55 sub-fields of handicrafts such as traditional textile, ceramic, tiles, leatherwork, metalwork, woodwork, traditional embroidery, glassware, and traditional musical instruments, and enamels to name a few.

Shiraz has a remarkable amount of handicraft pioneers. With an average age of 70, some of these pioneers are still active at their workshops. The occupational records of about 100 pioneers are collected and are annually praised by the custodians of the WCC General Office.

Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry, and crafts skills passed down from generation to generation. It was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (1751–1794).

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. For instance, Shiraz is named a “world city of [diverse] handicrafts”, Malayer is a global hub for woodcarving and carved-wood furniture, while Zanjan has gained the title of a “world city of filigree”.

Available data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts suggests 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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