The World Craft Council (WCC) recognized Srinagar as India’s fourth ‘World Craft City’ in 2024.

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  • The Jammu & Kashmir administration had applied for the recognition of Srinagar as World Craft City in 2021 together with recognition as UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
  • In 2021, Srinagar also earned the title of UNESCO Creative City under Crafts and Folks Art.s

Currently more than 10 different forms of craftsmanship are surviving in Srinagar which includes 

  • Papier-mâché: Creating intricate decorative objects from molded paper pulp.
  • Walnut Wood Carving: Producing exquisite furniture and decorative items with intricate designs.
  • Carpets: Hand-woven masterpieces known for their vibrant colors and detailed patterns.
  • Sozni Embroidery: Delicate needlework on fabric, known for its intricate floral and geometric motifs.
  • Pashmina and Kani Shawls: Luxurious shawls made from the wool of Changthangi goats, often adorned with intricate embroidery.

Other Three Indian cities that have previously been recognised as World Craft Cities.

  • Jaipur (2015) 
  • Malappuram (2015) 
  • Mysore (2018) 

Significance of recognition

  • This is a much-needed recognition for unsung craftsmen who have created masterpieces for generations.
  • It will help promote genuine crafts and craftsmen. Kashmir’s craft scene is witnessing a revival with Geographical Indication tags, crafts tours, and the policies of the handicrafts and handloom department.
  • This tag for Srinagar will help artisans in the long term by enhancing global recognition and demand for our handicrafts. 

World Crafts Council (WCC)

  • It is a non-government organisation (NGO) working to empower artisans and safeguard craft heritage globally. 
  • It was founded at the 1st World Crafts Council General Assembly in New York in 1964. Later, in 2012 the organization World Crafts Council was formally constituted as an International Association.
  • This year WCC marks its 60th Anniversary.

The WCC-World Craft City Programme

  • It is a groundbreaking initiative launched in 2014 by the World Crafts Council (WCC-International) in recognition of the pivotal role local authorities, craftspeople, communities play in cultural, economic, and social development worldwide.

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