Iranian crafts workshop kicks off

ISLAMABAD: A four-day workshop of Iranian crafts featuring Iranian expert artistes kicked off here Monday at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa.

The workshop is serving as an opportunity for art and craft lovers to enjoy the making of crafts by expert Iranian artists through the four-day demonstration as eye catching glimpse of Iran – a civilization with boasts of arts and crafts.

Students from various educational institutions of twin cities are invited to participate to observe artisans making metal inlay in wood, stone crafting, painting, and embroidery and making folk dresses, said the organizers.

The artisans from Iran have displayed a large variety of traditional and contemporary Iranian handicrafts, calligraphy art pieces, apparels, pottery and some ancient manuscripts of Quran.

The art of Iran are one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many traditional disciplines including architecture, painting, literature, music, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stonemasonry.

Persian art and architecture reflects a 5,000-year-old cultural tradition shaped by the diverse cultures that have flourished on the vast Iranian plateau.

Throughout its development, Persian artistic achievement has normally been imperial in nature, with impressive majestic monuments or associated with royal patronage in book illustration. Countless painters, weavers, potters, calligraphers, metalworkers, stone masons etc. have produced some of the most beautiful works ever created, and contributed to the Persian artistic heritage that is known throughout the world, said the organizers.

The significance of the Iranian art of calligraphy reflects in works of pottery, metallic vessels, and historic buildings through adorning decorative calligraphy. It is believed to be one of the most eye catching and fascinating manifestations of Persian culture.

While metalwork in Iran has been used for centuries. It may be utilized for ornamental, domestic or practical purposes. In ancient times primarily copper and bronze were used.

The royalty and very rich used gold and silver. Most common modern items are tea sets, bowls, trays, vases, and jewelry.

The closing ceremony of the workshop is on February 4.