Unesco has included Srinagar in the prestigious list of Creative Cities Network in the category of ‘Folk Art and Culture and Craft’, city mayor Junaid Azim Mattu said at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Launched in 2004, the Unesco Creative Cities Network aims at providing cooperation among cities that recognize creativity as a major factor in their urban development. J&K’s Srinagar district is known for its long and illustrious tradition of crafts and folk art. Iconic crafts like Pashmina Shawls, Wood Carvings, Paper Mache, Kani Shawl, Sozni, Khatamband and Hand Knotted Carpets were hallmarks of the city, said handicraft department director Mehmood Shah, who was present at the press meet.
Calling for celebration, Mattu said finally the hard work of Srinagar’s talented craftsmen, artisans and artists has got its due recognition. “We want to celebrate and commemorate this historic milestone that Srinagar city has achieved by finding a place for itself in the Unesco Creative Cities Network,” he said. Speaking at the press conference, Srinagar Municipal Corporation commissioner Athar Amir Khan said: “It is a proud movement for one and all.”