“Çini-making has been passed from generation to generation and its essence has been preserved.” Kütahya Mayor Saraçoğlu said.
A conference on Kütahya tiles was held at the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).
The conference held at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to UNESCO started with a video about the art of çini-making. Delivering a speech at the event, Kütahya Mayor Saraçoğlu reminded that çini-making was included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO last year and that more than 4 thousand artisans and craftsmen worked in more than 400 ateliers in Kütahya.
Underlining their activities aimed at passing on the art of çini-making to future generations, Saraçoğlu said çini-making was also used for therapeutic and rehabilitative purposes for some physical and psychological diseases.
Saraçoğlu also emphasized the advantages of çini-making for the social integration of disadvantaged groups like convicts and refugees.