TEHRAN – A team of Iranian researchers and artisans have produced innovative prototypes of ancient crafts, whose practical know-how is passed down from generation to generation in Zanjan province, the provincial tourism chief said.
The charuq (a local style of handmade women’s shoes), watermarks, knives, pottery and copper dishes were recreated as a demonstration for researchers and artists interested in the crafts of the region. for their further studies, Amir Arjmand said on Saturday, CHTN reported.
“Several of the products have a long history and could be redesigned for new capabilities and applications,” added the manager.
He also noted that each region has its own handicrafts created according to its customs and traditions, and that the crafts of each region reflect its values and culture.
In April, the official announced that handicrafts worth more than $ 1.3 million had been exported from Zanjan province in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 19).
Handicrafts provided a very good ability to generate income and jobs, and led to the development of the province, he said.
“Zanjan, as one of the most important metal craft provinces in the country, has a leading position in production, and the province’s craft artists are at the forefront of production.”
He also said that Zanjan’s crafts, including knives, Giveh (a kind of traditional shoe), traditional jewelry, leather goods and tapestry, are mainly exported to Iraq, the Gulf riparian states. Persian, Turkey and European countries.
Cutlery is one of the oldest crafts that has been practiced for centuries in several Iranian cities, of which the northwest city of Zanajn is the most famous.
Knives, swords and daggers were made and many knife-making workshops were active in these towns. But due to their design, cut, variety and durability, Zanjan knives have been the most successful.
Handmade copper dishes are very popular in central Isfahan and Zanjan province. Besides being useful for human health, these products can also be used as decorative pieces and are considered to be great works of art.
Filigree involves looping, twisting or braiding thin, flexible metal wires and soldering them at their points of contact with each other with a metal background.
In January 2020, Zanjan was named a ‘World City of Watermark’ by the World Crafts Council after WCC assessors visited various craft workshops, stores, exhibitions and bazaars in the city during a route two days in December 2019.
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