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SRINAGAR AWARDED ‘WORLD CRAFT CITY’ TAG



  Jun 27, 2024

SRINAGAR AWARDED ‘WORLD CRAFT CITY’ TAG



Key Points Overview

What is the ‘World Craft City’ tag?

The ‘World Craft City’ tag is an honor bestowed by the World Crafts Council (WCC), a non-government organization dedicated to empowering artisans and preserving craft heritage globally.

Why was Srinagar awarded this tag?

Srinagar received this recognition due to its rich tradition and skilled artisanship, reflecting Kashmir’s historical and cultural craftsmanship.

How will this tag benefit Srinagar?

• Global Links: The tag will strengthen Srinagar’s connections with traditional craft centers, particularly in Central Asia and Iran.
• Knowledge Exchange: It will facilitate knowledge exchange with other craft cities, enhancing skills and techniques.
• Economic Boost: The recognition is expected to boost the local economy by attracting global attention and promoting Srinagar’s crafts on an international stage.

What is the significance of this recognition?

• Cultural Revival: It reopens Kashmir’s historical trade routes and linkages with Central Asia and Iran, which had diminished over the last century.
• Heritage Promotion: The WCC’s acknowledgment highlights Srinagar’s ongoing creativity and aesthetic contributions to global crafts.

What did officials say about this recognition?

Saleem Beg, head of INTACH-Kashmir, emphasized that the tag is a recognition of Kashmir’s skilled artisan base and will lead to beneficial international collaborations. The WCC executive board noted that Srinagar’s designation followed a detailed evaluation of its craft centers.

Conclusion

The ‘World Craft City’ tag for Srinagar is a significant milestone, promoting global linkages and enhancing the region’s cultural and economic prospects through its rich craft heritage.


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