(Persia Digest) – Tehran will host an exhibition on December 13-14 of potteries made by rural girls and women from Kalpurgan village in southeastern Iran.
Girls and women in Kalpurgan, a village located in Sistan and Baluchistan Province, have taken a major step to develop their region with their own handicrafts.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that potteries made in Kalpurgan have been registered by the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Making potteries in Kalpurgan dates back to 7,000 years ago and its distinctive characteristics are that it is made without a wheel and only by the hands of the girls and women of the village.
Kalpurgan potteries are made with no color or glaze but they look red after being heated in hot furnaces.
Now, Kalpurgan girls have decided to showcase their handicrafts in Ansoo café in Tehran as a charity event. The proceeds will be used to build a conservatory for their village which is named a World Crafts Village.
Speaking to Persia Digest about the exhibition, the conservatory project manager said: “Unfortunately, these rural girls have no conservatory. Thus, we decided to build one with the help of donors; the girls also decided to help us by making potteries and selling them at the exhibition.”
Farahnaz Amrollahi added: “The potteries of this village have been registered by UNESCO and the village itself was named a World Crafts Village last year. This is why we decided to use the vernacular architecture of the village and its surroundings for the conservatory. A part of the conservatory’s construction data-x-items including potteries and mats are to be made by the rural women as well.”
Amrollahi said that after becoming operational, the school will work in two girls-only and boys-only shifts, running two major courses of music and pottery. The students will learn academic music along with their own folklore music.
Noting that the government has not yet been asked to help build the conservatory, she said maybe this will happen in the next phases of construction.
Construction work began two months ago, Amrollahi said, adding this will be carried out in four phases. The first phase includes building three classes, offices, sanitary facilities, three workshops, one multi-purpose space, and two amphitheaters.
The dormitory will be constructed in the last phase.
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