News ID: 134921
Published: 0228 GMT January 13, 2016

Folk doll contest due next month

Folk doll contest due next month

A contest and conference on 'Hand-made Folk Dolls Made by Iranians and Other Nations' will be held on Feb. 18, said Leila Kaffashzadeh, the head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization's Research Center for Kids and Teens Affairs.

She said the contest aims to introduce the rich intangible and tangible heritages of Iranian ethnic groups through traditional puppets.

"The dolls made by Iranian participants must institute Persian identity in addition to displaying signs associated with the country's history, traditions, outfits, and spirituality," he said.

The official said every participant can submit as many as dolls in any size. "The doll-makers can put forward artistic works to the secretariat of the event by Feb. 3," she said.

The official added the winners would receive diplomas of honor and their works would be published as a book.

Folk dolls can help preserve cultural diversity in Iran, as they reflect the lifestyle, professions, architectural style, religious and traditions pertaining to a specific region.

Folk dolls, which used to be made by grandmothers and mothers in the past, are very helpful in narrowing the generation gap and teaching skills of life to children.

Dolls also contribute to the social development of children by improving their communication skills.

Many children are unable to communicate due to over-indulgement in compute games and social networks which make them more of a recluse.

The contest is organized by Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in collaboration with Women and Family Affairs Department, National Iranian Council of Museums, and Avay-e Tabi'at-e Paydar Institute.


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