Jajpur Artisans Showcase Terracotta Craft Heritage at UNESCO Creative Cities Network Workshop – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

JAJPUR: Artisans and designers from around the world had the opportunity to discover the terracotta art of Jajpur and its sculptors during a workshop recently organized by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The three-day workshop held in a UNESCO Creative City in Chiang Mai, Thailand ended on Friday. It saw the virtual participation of clay artisans from the culturally rich district of Jajpur as well as 500 other people from around the world. The theme was “Creative Ceramics, Sculpted City”.

Jajpur was the only city in India invited to participate in the event and showcase its rich culture and craft traditions. The other cities were Chiang Mai (Thailand), Tamba Sasayama (Japan), Baguio (Philippines), Kutahya (Turkey), Jingdezhen and Weifang (China) and Manises (Spain). Jajpur’s delegation included nationally award-winning artisans and master craftsmen like Parsuram Behera, Maheshwar Ojha and Narendra Rana and SHG members Jayanti Behera, Ranglata Behera, Malati Rana and Parbati Behera. The Jajpur delegation presented the district’s emphasis on arts and crafts.

The craftsmen also shared information on the genesis of the terracotta craft, its socio-cultural importance, the processes, the transmission of knowledge, the role of the actors and the measures taken to safeguard the craft. Congratulating the craftsmen for participating in the workshop, collector Chakravarti Singh Rathore said such events will help boost the creativity of craftsmen in Jajpur, which is a hub of creativity. The district is home to more than 3,500 weavers, artisans and artists, as well as art forms like the Tassar loom, terracotta, golden grass and stone carving.

“The district administration collaborates with a number of UNESCO Creative Cities for the exchange of knowledge on the development of handicrafts,” he said. Additionally, Jajpur has lined up several local master artisans to participate in a boot camp program to be organized by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in October this year.

JAJPUR: Artisans and designers from around the world had the opportunity to discover the terracotta art of Jajpur and its sculptors during a workshop recently organized by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The three-day workshop held in a UNESCO Creative City in Chiang Mai, Thailand ended on Friday. It saw the virtual participation of clay artisans from the culturally rich district of Jajpur as well as 500 other people from around the world. The theme was “Creative Ceramics, Sculpted City”. Jajpur was the only city in India invited to participate in the event and showcase its rich culture and craft traditions. The other cities were Chiang Mai (Thailand), Tamba Sasayama (Japan), Baguio (Philippines), Kutahya (Turkey), Jingdezhen and Weifang (China) and Manises (Spain). Jajpur’s delegation included nationally award-winning artisans and master craftsmen like Parsuram Behera, Maheshwar Ojha and Narendra Rana and SHG members Jayanti Behera, Ranglata Behera, Malati Rana and Parbati Behera. The Jajpur delegation presented the district’s emphasis on arts and crafts. The craftsmen also shared information on the genesis of the terracotta craft, its socio-cultural importance, the processes, the transmission of knowledge, the role of the actors and the measures taken to safeguard the craft. Congratulating the craftsmen for participating in the workshop, collector Chakravarti Singh Rathore said such events will help boost the creativity of craftsmen in Jajpur, which is a hub of creativity. The district is home to more than 3,500 weavers, artisans and artists, as well as art forms like the Tassar loom, terracotta, golden grass and stone carving. “The district administration collaborates with a number of UNESCO Creative Cities for the exchange of knowledge on the development of handicrafts,” he said. Additionally, Jajpur has lined up several local master artisans to participate in a boot camp program to be organized by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in October this year.

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