1127 GMT April 05, 2020
Thirteenth National Handicrafts Fair kicked off in Arak, Markazi Province on August 14. It will run until August 18.
The five-day event intends to make the public acquainted with handicrafts from other provinces.
Over 100 artisans from other provinces are taking part in the fair in 100 pavilions, while 200 artisans are participating from Markazi Province in 120 pavilions.
Markazi Province has over 8,000 artisans involved in the handicraft sector. More than 120 fields of handicrafts are practiced in the province. At present, 10 shopping centers and eight marketplaces and exhibitions are operational in the handicraft industry with the approval of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.
Wood carving, engraving, carpet-weaving, copper smithing, painting, calligraphy and plasterwork are among the major handicrafts of the province.
Given the huge number of handicraft fields in the province, seven handicraft marketplaces are under construction province-wide. Geometric wooden works, wood carving, engraving and enameled works are exported in the form of carry-on baggage.
The government aims to set up at least one handicraft marketplace in every city. It also plans to equip handicraft workshops and revive the neglected fields.