Workshops to revive the traditional forge in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad
TEHRAN – Several old blacksmiths have been invited to help revive the traditional skills of the craft that is on the verge of oblivion in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province in southwestern Thailand. Iran.
“Some experienced blacksmiths in the province have been invited to set up training workshops is the first step to revive this field of crafts,” said a local tourism official on Sunday.
“In the not-so-distant past, the blacksmiths of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad made tools such as sickles, axes, hammers, saws, axes, horseshoes, carpet weaving tools, chains, scissors, rings, locks, keys and oven skewers using traditional ways, but this area is becoming forgotten, ”explained Mohammad-Kazem Rahmani.
The province’s Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts is developing a comprehensive dossier of indigenous art in Ahangari (blacksmithing) to be registered as intangible national heritage, the official said.
Traditionally, Chilan is a Persian word used to describe iron tools and items such as chains, small rings, horse bridle, saddle, and many other lightweight items.
Chalangar or blacksmith is a craftsman who heats iron in the furnace, forges it and transforms it into desired objects. According to the Dehkhoda encyclopedia, Chalangar is a person who makes or repairs iron keys, locks, fasteners, shields, chains, pliers, nails and other items, and Chilangar and Chalingar are two other names. for that.
A Chalingar usually works alone and does not have an apprentice. In the past, the artists of this craft made scythes, hammers, horseshoes, nails, horse and cow ties in towns and villages.
Today, with agriculture and animal husbandry having become automatic or semi-automatic, blacksmiths now manufacture applicable decorative objects such as vase bases, dividers, window protectors, etc. The basics of forging are like making a knife and are done by heating the metal in the furnace, blowing, forging and making accessories to make the final product.
In the past, doors and windows were different from their contemporary counterparts, and metal locks made by the Chalangars were attached to wooden windows. One of these locks is known as Kubeh, according to Visit Iran. Kubeh is an object that is attached to a metal plate on the door of the house. A visitor could simply strike the Kubeh on Golmikh to make his presence known to the owner.
The lesser-known province is home to various nomads and is a prime destination for those who wish to visit nomadic life in person. Tourists can live with a nomadic or rural family for a while or enjoy an independent stay and help them with everyday life. It also opens up the possibility of feeling the rustic routines, their agriculture, traditions, arts and culture.