Isfahan: crown jewel of Iran’s handicraft industry

Isfahan is sometimes referred to as the crown jewel of Iran’s handicraft industry, where its artisans do their best to safeguard know-how passed down from generation to generation.

Isfahan (IMNA) — “Isfahan ranks first in the country when it comes to the number and diversity of handicraft fields,” the head of Isfahan Center for Creativity and Innovation Mohsen Masoumi told IMNA.

“About two-thirds of Iranian handicraft fields are currently practiced in Isfahan,” he said.

Masoumi reminded Isfahan’s registration as a world city of handicrafts, saying: “Due to its respected position in the handicraft sector and traditional arts, Isfahan was registered as the world handicrafts city by the World Crafts Council in 2015 after numerous follow-ups by national and provincial officials.”

Isfahan: crown jewel of Iran’s handicraft industry

Furthermore, he outlined the kinds of support that the handicraft sector can provide for domestic tourism, adding the global registration of handicraft hubs has a special effect on the sustainable development of local tourism.

“To promote their capabilities and the growth of tourism, cities, and villages with a rich cultural heritage and distinctive handicrafts should be globally registered,” Masoumi suggested.

“Isfahan has strong handicraft capabilities as evidenced by the 126 international and 528 national seals of excellence it has received,” the official with Isfahan Municipality stated.

Every day thousands of artisans go through time-honored routines to underpin the city’s reputation as a living museum of handicrafts.


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