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Research on Kalpurgan terracotta

Research on Kalpurgan terracotta
ID : N-523 Date : 2017/10/26 - 12:00

(Persia Digest) – Kalpurgan pottery and terracotta was registered as a word heritage in August 2017. Subsequently, a workshop will be set up in Iran to conduct research on this 7000-year old art here.

The first research workshop will start work soon with a credit line worth tomans 800MM. Researchers from around the world familiar with Kalpurgan pottery and terracotta will be working here.

The Iranian Potteries Association has conducted its first tour of Kalpurgan over the past ten days with visits to important pottery and ceramic sites dating back to prehistory, including the “Burnt City”, “Espidej”, and Golpurgan pottery collection.

The World Crafts Council was established in 1964 and has been introducing various regions as craft cities and towns. In Iran, these include Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Laljin, Sirjan, Marivan, and Kalpurgan.

Presently, Iran ranks first among countries with six craft towns and one craft village. China held the title previously. Iran has also proposed for craft villages to be designated by the World Crafts Council. Kalpurgan is the first such village to be designated in Asia and Oceania.

Kalpurgan pottery and terracotta date back to prehistoric millennia and is considered a living art which has endured over the centuries without the use of the wheel in its production. Patterns of this pottery return to archeological finds of the second and third millennium BCE about 5 to 6 thousand years ago. Paintings on rocks in this area are witness that this long sustained tradition has been kept alive by the women of this village.

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