TEHRAN (IFILM) -- Iranian crafter
Shahrbanou Arabian has been named the Female Craftsperson of the Year at the 5th edition of the International Craft Awards (ICA) 2021 in New Delhi.
This international honor was conferred to Arabian under the Master Artisan of the Year category for her exquisite enameled ‘Gaz Khori’, a lavishly-decorated metal bowl designed for serving Gaz (a sweet from Iran’s central province of Isfahan).
Arabian, an Iranian artist in the field of metalwork and Minakari (enamel), said in an interview with IRNA that it took her nearly six months to finish the artwork decorated with Minakari.
Minakari is an ancient Persian art of painting the surface of metals, mostly copper, with natural motifs such as flowers and birds.
Arabian noted that she used to make various types of handicrafts in her childhood. However, for 10 years she has been working exclusively on metals such as copper and silver.
The ICA is an opportunity “for makers working in a wide variety of materials and media to have their work assessed by a professional jury and international craft experts,” the official website of the event writes.
The 5th International Craft Award 2021 was held during Indian Handicrafts Week in honor of the late Ghada Hajavi, President of the World Asia-Pacific Handicrafts Council.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the event was held virtually in New Delhi, but the winners will soon be awarded the prize at a ceremony.