"Bari'" Accredits More than 4,600 People in its National Record of Craftspeople


"Bari'" Accredits More than 4,600 People in its National Record of Craftspeople
In the report of the first quarter of 2019,
 
The National Handicraft Development Program “Bari'", affiliated with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), in its report of the first quarter of 2019, announced registering 4,626 people in the national record for male and female craftspeople.

The report stressed that during this year, approvals have been issued to accredit 116 male and female craftspeople after checking their data and adding them in the national record, which is the main tool to document craftwork in the Kingdom.

As for developing the handicrafts in a number of regions of the Kingdom, the report noted that work is currently ongoing to employ and develop handicrafts at the Mosokef Market in Oneiza, the handicraft and national heritage center in Breidah and the handicrafts creativity center in the historical Imarah Palace in Najran. 

Meanwhile, the National Handicraft Development Program “Bari'" has finished all procedures required to register sadu (a form of embroidery) and bisht (traditional men's cloak) professions at the intangible cultural heritage in UNESCO, in addition to conducting a field research about sadu and bisht to calculate the number of craftspeople and determine the economic value of this craft for craftspeople and the proper development programs for these two professions. 

The report also noted that work is currently ongoing to prepare databases on the craftspeople of sadu and bisht and prepare statistics about the number of workers in this field, in addition to making forms for granting intellectual property for photos and videos, preparing lists of the number of craftspeople registered in the system for the work team of studies at the agricultural aid program at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. Work is also ongoing to find an action mechanism with the ministry to register practicing craftspeople in social insurance professions.

It is worth mentioning that the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, represented by “Bari'" Program, is working on a number of activities to support and develop handicrafts and help craftspeople to invest in the sector at the level of all regions.