Preserving the craft and ancient art, these cities are a must visit

In order to preserve, promote and enhance the traditional arts and crafts from across the globe, United Nations Education Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a project in 2014. Called the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), under which countries are recognized for promoting creative fields. One of the creative fields is the Cities of Crafts and Folks, which enlists 52 countries from around the world.


A city in the south of Egypt, Aswan is known for its busy market and tourist centers. These best attractions of Aswan add the charm even more as they are situated just north on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. The city became a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of craft and folk art in 2005. It is recognized for the heritage of crafts and folk arts, including beadwork, tablecloth production, palm branch, and leaf creations, as well as clay and needle-work products.


A city and comune in Tuscany, located on the Carrione River in central Italy, it is noted for the white and blue-grey marble that is quarried there. The city was included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network under the UNESCO Cities of Crafts and Folks in 2017. It is recognized for its world-renowned white marble that has influenced Carrara's development as a center of crafts in Tuscany and in Italy.


A major city in Greater Isfahan Region in Iran, it is famous for its Perso–Islamic architecture, bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. With the rich history of the various clans that have ruled through the city, Isfahan also has many historical buildings, monuments, paintings, and artifacts to its credit as well. The city was included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network under the UNESCO Cities of Crafts and Folks in 2015. It is recognized for its various crafts including carpet weaving, metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, painting, and inlay works of various kinds. Also, the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of the largest city squares in the world is UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site.

Other cities under the UNESCO list are Srinagar, Al-Ahsa, Areguá,  Ayacucho, Baguio, Ballarat, Bamyan, Bandar Abbas, Biella, Caldas da Rainha, Chordeleg, Durán, Fabriano, Gabrovo, Hangzhou, Icheon, Jacmel, Jaipur, Kanazawa, Lumbumbashi, Nassau, Ouagadougou, Paducah, Pekalongan, Porto-Novo, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Santa Fe, Santa Marta, Sharjah, Sheki, Sokodé, Sukhothai, Suzhou, Tamba-Sasayama, Tetouan, Trinidad, Tunis, Viljandi.