Tehran, May 5, IRNA – The neglected handicraft fields are to be revived, said the head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization.
Masoud Soltanifar also told IRNA that close to 2,000 handicraft workshops have been reactivated in the past two years.
“We seek to nurture new masters in the handicraft sector, particularly in fields facing extinction,” he said.
He said handicrafts manifest the cultural, historical and civilizational identity of Iran.
“Out of the 460 handicrafts known worldwide, 360 are produced in Iran,” he said.
“Iran, China and India are the top three handicraft producers.”
Soltanifar called establishment of permanent handicraft marketplaces in various parts of the country as a strategy to support the handicraft industry and craftsmen.
“Such marketplaces would boost the economy and prevent the extinction of handicrafts,” he said.
Experts say the beauty of handmade goods produced in Iran and accessibility of raw materials are among advantages of the domestic handicraft sector.
The appetite of European and American collectors for Iranian handicrafts has increased.
Inlaid work and carpets constitute the largest portion of Iran’s handicraft exports.