Oct 16, 2018, 3:57 PM
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Iran, Japan to conduct joint research on handicrafts

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA – Iran and Japan will launch a joint research project on handicraft, an Iranian official said on Tuesday.

Deputy head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicraft, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Pouya Mahmoudian, told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that an agreement with the Japanese Sasakawa Peace Foundation was signed with the aim of boosting the scientific, cultural and educational cooperation between department of handicrafts and traditional arts of ICHHTO and the foundation.

'Since more than 75 percent of the people who are active in the handicrafts industry are women, plus the belief that the artists are messengers of peace, it was agreed that the first joint program be held with the title of 'Women and Handicraft' with a focus on Iranian women next year,' the official said.

The joint project will be a research program, the results of which will be released, he said, adding that some educational and art workshops will also be held.

The cooperation will set the ground for more talks and experience sharing, and the results will be a prelude for future specialized cooperation revolving around women issues, according to the official.

Even the cooperation may lead to more work on environmental and entrepreneurship, since the handicraft is regarded a green industry, Mahmoudian said.

The Sasakawa has already conducted joint projects with other Iranian institutes, such as foreign ministry and National Library of Iran.

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