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Women Breathing New Life into Iran’s Qanats Using Handicrafts Revenues

It has been years that women in villages on the outskirts of the city of Shahdad in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman have not only kept alive the forgotten local handicraft, but also contributed to the restoration and renovation of qanats (subterranean aqueducts) in the locality many of which have been registered on the List of National Heritage Sites. The group called “Gojino” brings together more than 150 women villagers, whose skills in making handicrafts have elevated the status of women there. At the same time, part of the revenues from handicrafts sales goes to theRead More