June 10 Marks the World Handicrafts Day
June 10 is celebrated as World Handicraft Day worldwide. Iranian artists have used the occasion to draw international attention to Iran’s unique art forms, specially the Persian rug. But many believe more needs to be done to introduce Iran’s handicraft to the rest of the world.
The World Handicrafts Council was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and 90 countries have already joined it.
The World Crafts Council (WCC), affiliated to UNESCO, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1964 to promote fellowship and foster economic development through income-generating craft-related activities. WCC offers encouragement, help and advice to craftsmen across the world. It is organized into five regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. The members of the WCC have marking the World Handicrafts Day (June 10) annually.
Iran is home to one of the richest art heritages and handicrafts in world history and distinguished in many disciplines, including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stone masonry.
Persians were among the first to use mathematics, geometry, and astronomy in architecture and also have extraordinary skills in making massive domes which can be seen frequently in the structure of bazaars and mosques. Iran, besides being home to a large number of art houses and galleries, also holds one of the largest and valuable jewel collections in the world.
Pottery and Ceramics
Prominent archeologist Roman Ghirshman said, “The taste and talent of these people [Iranians] can be seen through the designs of their earthenware.”
Of the thousands of archeological sites and historical ruins of Iran, almost every one of them can be found to have been filled, at some point, with earthenware of exceptional quality.
Thousands of unique vessels alone were found in Sialk and Jiroft sites.
The occupation of the potter (kouzehgar) has a special place in Persian literature.
Retriveid from Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review