Srinagar Recognized as ‘World Craft City’ by World Crafts Council

Asma Noor
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Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has been officially recognized as a ‘World Craft City’ by the World Crafts Council (WCC). It is a prestigious designation that celebrates the city’s rich heritage and the exceptional skills of its artisans.

The recognition is a testament to Srinagar’s longstanding tradition of excellence in handicrafts and handlooms. The city, with a history of over 4,000 years, has been a hub for the production of masterpieces in various art sectors. The sectors include shawls, carpets, papier-mâché, and more. This latest accolade follows Srinagar’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City for Crafts and Folk Art in 2021.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, congratulated the people of Srinagar, particularly the artisans and craftspeople, for this achievement. He stated that the recognition “is a testament to the hard work and exceptional talent of our artisans. And that it “highlights the cultural richness of Srinagar.” The Lieutenant Governor also emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting the artisans and ensuring that this accolade translates into tangible benefits for the community.

The World Craft City designation is expected to have a transformative impact on Srinagar’s handloom and handicraft sector. With increased global recognition, the city’s crafts will gain enhanced visibility on the international stage. The accolade will help in opening up new markets and opportunities for artisans. This, in turn, is likely to boost production, leading to job creation and improved livelihoods for the artisans and their families.

Furthermore, the recognition is anticipated to attract greater investment and funding, aiding in infrastructure development. And the introduction of modern techniques while preserving traditional methods. Artisans will have access to advanced training programs and workshops, further honing their skills and fostering innovation in their craft.

The World Craft City title is also expected to have a positive impact on tourism in Srinagar. The city is expected to draw more tourists interested in cultural and craft heritage. Tourists can now have immersive experiences of the vibrant artisan communities.

This prestigious honor underscores Srinagar’s commitment to preserving its unique craft heritage and supporting local artisans. It is a testament to the dedication and artistry of the city’s craftspeople, whose work has earned global acclaim and recognition.

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