Kokand is included in the World Craft City List, Dunyo news agency reports.
The decision on naming Kokand as a World Craft City was made at the opening of the first International Festival of Applied Arts.
Representatives of the World Crafts Council noted that the craft plays an important role in the culture and industry of Kokand and expressed the hope that the city will actively cooperate with other representatives included in the list to create a common platform for artisans around the world.
The World Crafts Council (WCC AISBL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1964 to promote fellowship, foster economic development through income generating craft related activities, organize exchange programs, workshops, conferences, seminars, and exhibitions—and in general, to offer encouragement, help, and advice to the craftspersons of the world.
The WCC is now formally registered in Belgium as an international organization or AISBL. AISBL is the French abbreviation for an international association without lucrative purpose. The WCC is organized into five regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The organization is affiliated to UNESCO.