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Handicraft as Identity Medium: Filigree Pathology in Isfahan
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Filigree as one of the most important branches of metalwork has been constantly an
inseparable, original and cultural handicraft medium representing national identity, Iranian-
Islamic values, material and spiritual aspects of traditional and artistic features of Isfahan. In
spite of a stunning history, filigree's position regarding the range, the level of artist’s activities,
marketing, training process, distribution, and the consumption is worrying.
Through the viewpoint of sociology of art, with regard to historical recognition,
documentation and pathology of this art in Isfahan, the present study aims at the examination
of this art while describing its profound relation to Islamic-Iranian identity. Then it has
presented a creative plan to revive this branch of art with respect to its techniques and
patterns. The following questions are going to be answered here: How could the field of
filigree in Isfahan be described, interpreted, and analyzed through ethnography? How is
the present position and condition of filigree in Isfahan? What are the development barriers
and pathology? How filigree is recoverable with respect to techniques and operation? What
advantages does an innovative plan have?
The most important objectives in the present study were the ethnographic study of the
contemporary filigree in Isfahan (documentation, pathology, and describing the present
problems) and presenting innovative plan (in techniques and patterns) to revive the filigree
and improving Islamic-Iranian identity. To answer the research questions and fulfill the
objectives, the qualitative ethnography method was chosen. Data collection included library
study, observation, and semi-structured interviews. The findings on filigree pathology revealed
that factors such as insufficient income, consumers' lack of awareness, incorrect method of
filigree production, incompetent producers, lack of creativity in production, copying, lack of
advertisement, and similar imported goods have played important role in the decline of this
art. Moreover, by emphasizing two aspects of creativity and function, as the base of traditional
arts, creative ideas aiming at improving and revivng this art (which encompass innovation in
technique) were introduced and some samples made by this pattern were presented. In the
end, the importance of the production and consumption of filigree as an important work of
cultural identity were described to improve the cultural and historical dimension and provoke
a sense of nationality.
Keywords: Handicraft, Identity Medium, Filigree, Art Pathology
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/05/31 | Accepted: 2018/05/31 | Published: 2018/05/31
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Handicraft as Identity Medium: Filigree Pathology in Isfahan. Journal of Iranian Handicrafts. 2017; 1 (1) :77-93
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