The importance of World Handicraft Day
Why Handicraft Day is so important for Farsi teachers in FarsiMonde and Farsi learners? First of all, every country’s handicraft is rooted in the region’s culture, art, and people’s insights. Therefore, getting familiar with Iran’s handicrafts will help Farsi learners to know more about Iran’s culture and the Iranians’ way of thinking to have a better understanding of Farsi. Moreover, buying a country’s handicrafts and introducing them to friends and relatives back in someone’s country can lead to cultural exchange and connection. One of the most important goals of FarsiMonde is to be a bridge between different cultures. We believe that speaking about each region’s handicrafts helps Persian teachers and learners to find out more about art and the beauty of different cities in Iran and the world.
Finally, Iran as an ancient civilization has a significant collection of prominent handicrafts which are rooted in the salient culture of thousands of years. UNESCO has registered more than 600 handicrafts around the world, almost half of which can be found in Iran. Moreover, 14 cities in Iran have been registered by World Crafts Council, the most registered cities in one country. This demonstrates how important handicrafts are and used to be in Iran. For instance, Tabriz the world city of carpets, Mashhad the world city of precious stones, and Lalejin the world city of clay is some of the well-known Iranian cities in handicrafts production. Moreover, Isfahan and Shiraz are chosen as the world city of creativity and the world city of handicrafts respectively due to the high variety of handicrafts in these two cities, the prevalence of using handicrafts among people, and their dynamic markets.