Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts Album of the Winning Entries البوم الأعمال الفائزة في جائزة تبريز الدولية للابتكار والابداع في الحرف اليدوية

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Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts Album of the Winning Entries البوم الأعمال الفائزة في جائزة تبريز الدولية للابتكار والابداع في الحرف اليدوية

Ed. Nazeih Taleb Maarouf, Preface: Halit Eren, IRCICA, Istanbul, 2017

An album of the award-winning entries at the Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts (2017) has been published.

An album of the award-winning entries at the Tabriz International Award for Innovation and Creativity in Crafts (2017) has been published. The award was conducted during the “Tabriz International Festival of Arts, Crafts and Creativity” which took place in in Tabriz on 7-12 May 2017. The album is published as of August 2017.
The festival and award program were organized by IRCICA and Tabriz University for Islamic Arts in cooperation with the Islamic Culture and Relations Organizations of Iran. The festival gathered innovators and craftspeople in pavilions forming a craft village where they displayed their works, tools and techniques. Awards amounting to $60.000 were distributed in ten Craft Topics. Each crafts theme was allocated three awards of $6.000 in total, in the amount of $3.000, $2.000, and $1.000, respectively. The album constitutes a documentary catalogue of all the winning entries
of artisans from various geographical regions of the world. It shows images of the latest achieved creativity by leading master artisans in fields like miniature, gilding, illumination, carpets, kilims, costumes, embroidery, mosaic, decoration, glass works and many more. The Album is published in English (457 pages) and Arabic (425 pages). At the beginning of the album, a comprehensive Introduction sheds light on the importance of innovation and creativity for our societies in our time. The award encourage creativity and creativity provides continuous living blood to the crafts sector which for no doubt will increase the creative abilities of young artisans. The jury committee consisting of craft experts who have a long and field experience in the area of developing handicrafts took into account during the examination and inspection of the submitted works, all the characteristics and technical features of each product, and special attention was given to evaluate the following categories of assessment: Excellence, Creative Concept Design and Invention in traditional Technique. 

It is hoped that this publication will promote awareness for better understanding of the real values of Islamic arts and crafts in the world and at the same time inspire new initiatives that would aim to honour artisans with incentives by recognizing their tangible contributions to cultural heritage in a way that will sustain the spirit of innovation and creativity.

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