JESR 2019, 18(S1): 87-98

Original Article in Journal of Economic and Social Research

COPPERSMITH (MESGARI) IN THE KERMAN MARKET: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

Author: Najmeh Falsafi1

1 M.A in Islamic Art, University of Art, Tehran, Iran
 
Abstract

Mesgari bazaar in Kerman was an important element in the production and meeting the needs of people’s lives in the past. Copper utensils are used as one of the important movables and immovable items showing us the fields of protection, conservation and promotion of cultural identities in the past. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and understand the status of Mesgari, its position in the market in Kerman, its problems and current limitations as well as its future prospects. Also, according to the role of Mesgari in promoting and enriching the local culture and creating employment, qualitative and quantitative ways are provided to develop the industry in bazaar in Kerman. This study is an applied research and is used descriptive-analytical method; and survey method is used for collecting data. The results show that the problems of the art of Mesgari are divided into two categories. Coppersmiths are mostly facing with such challenges including the preparation of copper sheets, the high prices of raw materials, the entry of deluxe and factory-made copper utensils to the market, underrating the artists as well as audio and physical injuries at work. The consumers are also facing with challenges in the section of demanding copper utensils such as changing people’s attitudes, the high price of copper dishes, and lack of awareness about how to use copper utensils and the benefits of cooking meals by using them. In the end, some solutions are presented to solve the problems.
Keywords: Mesgari, Mesgari in Kerman, Kerman Bazzar, Copper, Handicrafts

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