Local authorities seek to revive Chabahar arts

TEHRAN – Local authorities plan to revive forgotten traditional arts and crafts in Chabahar port, Sistan-Balochistan province, CHTN reported on Saturday.

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

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

With 14 entries, Iran ranks first in the world for the number of cities and towns registered by the World Crafts Council, followed by China with seven entries, Chile with four and India with three.

In January 2020, the cities of Shiraz, Malayer and Zanjan and the village of Qassemabad were designated by the WCC – Asia-Pacific Region, bringing the number of world handicraft cities and villages of Iran from ten to 14.

The value of Iranian handicraft exports amounted to $120 million in the first eleven months of the last Iranian calendar year 1399 (March 20, 2020 – February 18, 2021), Mehr reported. The country’s handicraft exports fell in the mentioned months compared to the same period a year earlier due to the damage the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on global trade.

The Islamic Republic exported $427 million worth of handicrafts in the first eleven months of the calendar year 1398. Of this, some $190 million was earned through the suitcase trade (permitted for duty-free transfer customs and tax) across 20 provinces, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

Ceramics, pottery vessels, hand-woven fabrics as well as personal ornaments with precious and semi-precious stones are traditionally exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, United States, Kingdom United and other countries.

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