World Craft City

June 25, 2024

Recently, Srinagar has earned the World Craft City (WCC) tag from the World Crafts Council (WCC).

About World Craft City:

  • It is a groundbreaking initiative launched in 2014 by the World Crafts Council AISBL (WCC-International) in recognition of the pivotal role local authorities, craftspeople, and communities play in cultural, economic, and social development worldwide.
  • It establishes a dynamic network of craft cities across the globe, aligning with the principles of the creative economy.
  • Under the World Craft City Programme, Jaipur(Rajasthan), Mammalapuram (Tamil Nadu) and Mysore (Karnataka) have been added as craft cities from India.

Some of the famous crafts from Srinagar

  • Papier-Mache: It refers to the art of making an object from mashed and molded paper pulp. The object so made is traditionally painted and usually covered with a layer of lacquer or varnish.
  • Pashmina: Shawls, Kani, Sozni: The Pashmina fabric, hand spun and hand woven, emerged from the picturesque landscape of Kashmir.
  • Sozni shawls: Sozni embroidery is one of such arts that have its origin into the geography of Kashmir. The word Sozni is a Persian derived word which means needle and sozankari, the needle work. The person who performs this craft is called the sozankar. 

Key facts about World Crafts Council

  • It was founded by Ms.Aileen O.Webb, Ms.Margaret M.Patch, and Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay in 1964, as a non-governmental and non-profit organization.
  • The main objective of the World Crafts Council is to strengthen the status of crafts in cultural and economic life.
  • Aim:The Council aims to promote fellowship among crafts persons by offering them encouragement, help, and advice.
  • It fosters and assists cultural exchange through conferences, international visits, research study, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and other activities.