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Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad handicrafts market needs a new look

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad handicrafts, as one of the income-generating and employment capacities in this province, need a new economic look instead of a traditional approach for better productivity.

Changing the needs of society, industrialization of consumer goods, excessive imports at very low prices, inability to compete with similar industrial products, high cost of some products and lack of proper planning to identify and familiarize the public with the visual appeal of handicrafts It has caused the market for the sale of these products in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad not to flourish as before, but the product of the artists of this country still has its fans.

Replacing the current economic view with the traditional approach to Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad handicrafts, while providing the conditions for creating job opportunities, paves the way for the preservation of the cultural heritage of the past.

Lack of permanent markets for handicrafts, insufficient government support for sales and low financial strength of artists to set up home workshops have caused most of the 35,000 artists in the province to be discouraged from continuing production and to stop production. .

Meanwhile, economic experts in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, referring to successive droughts, lack of agricultural water, and the possibility of biological pollution through the activities of industrial units, consider handicrafts as one of the least deficient strategies for job creation and entrepreneurship in the province.

Activists in the field of handicrafts believe that attending international specialized exhibitions, supplying raw materials and government assistance to the sale of handicrafts are among the strategies to boost production in this area, but no significant steps have been taken in these areas.

These artists say that although the presence of handicraft producers in international exhibitions launched in the country is good, but there is a need for activists in this field to participate in exhibitions in different countries, especially in the Persian Gulf, to better introduce and export their products. Be provided.

They consider the construction of a handicraft town as a necessity for the prosperity of the sale of products produced by the artists of the province and the possibility of buying without the intermediaries of the interested parties.

Jajim, tablecloth, felt, reed chit, traditional and black tent embroidery, fist weaving, rand weaving, patchwork, spinning, needlework, basket weaving, local clothes, leather embroidery and local lily dolls are among the various handicrafts common in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, which due to its diversity and originality can cause many job opportunities, especially for women.

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Lack of permanent handicraft markets in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad

The lack of permanent handicraft markets is one of the old wounds of artists, which is in the stage of land supply in Boyer-Ahmad and Dena counties, and in Gachsaran county, as one of the hubs of handicrafts, no acceptable action has been taken.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Deputy Director General of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, said: “The land required for permanent handicraft markets in Yasuj Coastal Park and Sadat Mahmoudi area of ​​Dena city has been provided, and after completing the legal steps, the executive operations of these projects will begin.” Be.

Mohammad Kazem Rahmani added: Creating a permanent handicrafts market in Gachsaran city as one of the centers of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad handicrafts is on the agenda.

The role of markets in product sales

Nowruz holiday This year, 45 billion rials worth of handicrafts were sold in temporary markets at the entrances of cities, which can be multiplied by the fact that the province has four seasons and three million tourists visit Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad annually.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, deputy heads of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, said: “Tourists and travelers bought 45 billion rials worth of handicrafts by the province’s artists during the Nowruz holiday this year.”

Mohammad Kazem Rahmani stated: This amount of handicraft products has been sold in the handicraft exhibitions of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad cities and the supply booths of these products.

He said: kilims, jajim, products made of leather, local clothes and inlays are the most important handicraft products sold during the Nowruz holiday this year.

Insufficient amount of government support

The artists believe that just training and paying for bank facilities in the amount of 20 million Tomans can not pave the way for their activities in the field of production and ask the government to help them by providing raw materials.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Deputy Director General of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, said: Last year, the handicraft artists of this province received 2 billion and 500 million Rials in cheap banking facilities.

Mohammad Kazem Rahmani stated: Each item of bank facilities has been between 15 to 20 million Tomans.

A cursory glance reveals that the number of artists who received handicraft facilities in the province last year was less than 20, which seems very small considering their population of 35,000.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad handicraft workshops

Establishment of handicraft workshops is one of the solutions for carefree production of products for handicraft artists, because in these workshops, raw materials are provided to artists. Therefore, due to poor financial strength, the government seems to need special support. One of the investors in this field in the less developed province is Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Deputy Minister of Handicrafts and Traditional Arts of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, said: “Currently, there are 170 handicraft workshops in various fields in this province, 6 of which were set up in 1400.”

Mohammad Kazem Rahmani stated: Each of these production workshops have received bank facilities of 50 to 210 million Tomans for launching.

Rahmani pointed out that these workshops operate in fields such as hand weaving and local clothing: “Each of these production workshops has provided three to five job opportunities.”

Specialized training

Specialized handicrafts training is done with the aim of production based on the current taste of consumer markets, which of course the cultural heritage of the province has taken good measures in this regard, but it seems necessary to continue this process.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Deputy Director of Handicrafts and Traditional Arts of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, pointed out that education is one of the cultural heritage strategies to support artists: Since the beginning of 1400, specialized handicrafts training in fields such as Leather, kilim, local clothing and other disciplines in the form of 12 courses and each course is held with the participation of 20 to 30 artists.

Rahmani stated: These workshops have been held in the form of 180-hour training courses for three months for Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad handicraft artists.

He added that 90% of these training courses were held in rural areas: Zeilai, Dishmuk, Lodab and Charam were among the mentioned handicraft training areas.

Deputy of Handicrafts and Traditional Arts of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism stated: To the participants in these skill courses who succeeded in obtaining the necessary scientific and practical quorum in the final exam of the courses, a technical and professional skill certificate Was granted.

Craft capacities

The Deputy of Handicrafts of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts said: in the judging stage of receiving the national seal of authenticity, which was hosted by Khuzestan province last year, eight handicrafts of this province succeeded in receiving this national mark.

Mohammad Kazem Rahmani stated: In this period, 15 works were selected and sent to the national judging stage, of which eight works received the national seal of seal of authenticity.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, deputy ministers of handicrafts, said: “These works include handicrafts such as kilims, local clothes, cushions and Quranic places.”

He added: “Helping to improve and improve the quality of products, creating healthy competition among artists, facilitating the identification of active artists and the emergence of talents, creativity and innovation are the most important goals of holding judging courses for the authenticity of handicraft products at national and provincial levels.”

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, deputy heads of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, said: “The three target villages for handicrafts in this province were identified and introduced for the first time.”

Mohammad Kazem Rahmani stated: These three villages include Rudashti and Meymand in Pataveh section of Dena city and Sarbisheh in Gachsaran city.

He added: The reason for determining and introducing these three villages is that about 95% of their population are weavers or are skilled in handicrafts.

Rahmani stated: The national registration of the three villages of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad as the goal of handicrafts will lead to the payment of facilities for the development of handicrafts and increase its production in these areas and the support of weavers and handicraft skills in terms of providing the required infrastructure.

He stated: There are about 35,000 handicraft artists in various fields in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, of which only 50% are active.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Deputy Director of Handicrafts and Traditional Arts of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, said: “Currently, 16,000 handicraft artists in this province in various fields, including kilim weaving, leather embroidery, sewing and designing local clothes and jajim weaving.” They work.

Rahmani stated: The annual production of various handicrafts in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad is 20,000 square meters.

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