People in Aral region of Kazakhstan are being taught to ancient form of handicrafts

30 May 2016

Seven day practical training workshop on pottery (ceramics) was held on 23-29 May 2016 in Kyzylorda oblast, Kazakhstan as a part of the programme for development of crafts sector capacities in Aral region of Kazakhstan within the framework of UN Joint Programme “Improving the welfare and quality of life in the Kyzylorda region through innovative approaches to delivering economic, social and environmental services to the local population, including those most vulnerable” for 2014-2016.

The training was organized by UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office in cooperation with the Executive Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan with the support of Kyzylorda oblast Akimat’s Department for Entrepreneurship and Tourism.

The project is an extension of a programme for crafts revival, future

©UNESCO Almaty

craftsmen training and creation of new jobs, development of eco-tourism through the provision of tourism industry with a high-quality souvenir production, as an alternative to fishing and hunting in Kyzylorda region.

In this project the special role of the Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan that was working on educational programmes on crafts for many years has to be noted. Mr. Abayhan Rysbai, Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan Member, the leading master of ceramics on potter's wheel, winner of the UNESCO Seal of Excellence, a finalist of the Kazakhstan National competition "Sheber” has been leading the training workshop. In 2015 he has already conducted one-day master class on pottery (ceramics) in Kyzylorda.

Training workshop on pottery (ceramics) in Kyzylorda ©UNESCO Almaty

For the Aral Sea region – pottery (ceramics) is a traditional craft. The evidence – exhibits made of pottery and their fragments, which were found during the expeditions of the "Archaeology and Ethnography" Scientific Research Centre (SRC), headed by Azilhan Tazhekeev at the Kyzylorda State University named after Korkyt Ata, where the training was held.

The training programme also included the introductory course of the history of pottery with a visit to the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography of SRC.

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