Linking Saudi “crafts” to the market prevents them from disappearing
A meeting brings Heritage Authority officials with craftsmen
Monday – 29 Shawwal 1443 AH – 30 May 2022 AD Issue No. [
One of the Saudi artisans (SPA)
Riyadh: Muhammad Hilal
Despite the development seen through all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia, Saudi artisans from all regions of the Kingdom still adhere to the crafts and industries that testify to a lifestyle that was popular in the ancient Arabian Peninsula. , and despite the disappearance of some of these traditional crafts, their ancient connection with the history and authenticity of these regions enabled them. Despite the passage of decades, the craftsmen’s pride in this craft greatly contributed to their existence to the present time.
Traditional crafts are defined as manual technical skills that constitute a profession and a basic source of existence for people who are familiar with them, and they are characterized by high skill and a traditional method of making it, by using of locally manufactured materials or of substitutes for them to manufacture handicrafts whose basic description or function has not changed since ancient times.
The most prominent traditional handicrafts in Saudi Arabia are concentrated in ceramics, wood products, carpentry, forging, plumbing, knitting, weaving and the manufacture of household appliances from agricultural material derivatives, in addition to tanning, knitting, leather goods, boats and fishing. supplies, building crafts, goldsmithing and perfumery. .
Saudi Arabia is keen to preserve this legacy by paying attention to professionals and contributing to their development and compliance with their requirements. dr. Bring coats together. Al-Harbash, with associations and craft enthusiasts. To talk about the strategy and direction of the craft and craft sector in government, and the development of its employees.
Dr Al-Harbash said that the work of the government is being built from the community, and the community should be involved in it, and that the craft sector enjoys great support from the state through many initiatives and services that help artisans in their careers. The government also focuses on linking products to the market and helping artisans organize their work and market their products. .
Al-Harbash stressed the importance of exploiting the wonderful opportunities offered to them, in addition to supporting the participation of artisans and artisans in major projects by the Saudi Crafts Company, and stressed that the government ‘s doors are open to all for assistance in all areas.
The meeting dealt with various axes, including the introduction of the craft sector in the Heritage Authority, its tasks, efforts and activities, the presentation of the projects and opportunities implemented by the craft sector and crafts in the Government in various regions of the Kingdom, and the services it provides to artisans from contributions and initiatives to artisans’ homes.
In addition to the courses and training programs it offers to artisans and artisans, and a review of the approved technical standards for traditional handmade and manufactured products, in addition to the participation of a number of experts and specialists in the craft and craft sector at the Heritage Authority.
Dr. Dalia Al Yahya, Director-General of the Crafts Sector at the Government, gave a presentation on the most important initiatives that the sector offers to craftsmen and projects, and some of the most important opportunities offered are “craftsmen’s houses”, which aim to establish an innovative concept of preserving and caring for handicrafts, and developing it as a source of income and an element of attraction for its workers from During the workshops, and finding marketing points, which will contribute to the spread of vitality on the field of crafts and increasing the level of its attractiveness to the community. It also revised the objectives of the craft and craft sector in addition to the scope of the sector’s work.
Dalia Al-Yahya also spoke about the Crafts Encyclopedia project for craft documentation and craft brands, which are “Saudi industry” and “artisan houses”, in addition to the projects and opportunities offered to artisans, including increasing the number of marketing outlets , promoting the work of craftsmen, increasing work on gifts and promoting local and international participation, and emphasizing the The importance of complying with the standards set by the government, including the originality of crafts, and the linking it with the heritage identity, in addition to ensuring the quality of design and focusing on good packaging.
In turn, the craft expert, dr. Dalil Al-Qahtani, addresses documentation and its role in craft conservation and emphasizes that what is meant is scientific documentation and focuses on studies and research aimed at gathering accurate information on crafts, as its importance is . of documentation was reflected when Sadu was documented and submitted to UNESCO for registration in a World Heritage List, and documentation aims to preserve craftsmanship through continuity and documentation of tools and methods used, and to monitor the comprehensiveness of societies, as crafts in Saudi Arabia are many and varied, so it must be documented and preserved at a loss.
As for the artisan Fatima Hassanein, she talked about her success story in pottery and remarked that her beginnings were humble, but she was later able to offer training courses with the aim of passing on her experience to others so that the craft would continue to exist. and does not disappear.She also seeks in her work to highlight the Saudi identity on ceramic pieces, given the diversity The dazzling cultural heritage in the Saudi heritage, and she concluded that the artworks she works on, her children are, given their importance to her.
It is noteworthy that this meeting is organized within the framework of the open meetings that are periodically arranged by the government with those interested in heritage in its various fields and forms, as part of its efforts to diversify the communication channels with them, and to listen to their ideas and development proposals; To preserve and develop the national heritage in all its tangible and intangible forms.