Dating back more
than 3 centuries, Tobaf is one of the most traditionally textile handicrafts originating
from of eastern Iran, however it recently rendered obsolete.
made from natural material including silk, cotton or wool, processed by flour,
dyed with natural coloring agent such as pomegranate, walnut and onion extract.
Then rural women weaved them by manually
knitting looms to produce delicate and synthetic- free fabrics which could be
used as towels, shirts, etc.
the managing director of rural women coop as well as a rural housewife of Khorashad
village has trigged to revive this handicraft in order to tackle the drought
challenges from 2006. The arty craft was not supported by the rural women at
first; though by the insistent contribution of the managing director, many of
them joined the initiative.
the progressive trend of this lucratively export-oriented art proved to capture
the national and international markets.
the rural livelihood, ensuring the members' income, conservation of the
indigenous knowledge, this initiative benefits more than 243 of cooperative
impressive impact of the cooperative members' working for introducing the
delicate fabrics at the internationally
and nationwide level , in 2018 a delegation of World Craft Council ,an
affiliate of the united Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Oragnization (UNESCO) ,visited the khorashad.
Admiring the effort of the rural women as well
as the originality of the art, UNESCO registered Khorashad as the village of
"Cultural Heritage" in 2018.