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Forgotten craft of Kiseh-bafi in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province

Kise-bafi (traditional washcloth weaving) is a handicraft field mostly practiced by female crafters in Iran’s Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province.

Kise-bafi (traditional washcloth weaving) is a handicraft field mostly practiced by female crafters in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, southwestern Iran.

The traditional washcloth, known as Kiseh, is made of fleece or linen and has been used widely in public bathhouses. In its industrial production though, it is made of plastic.

Kise-bafi has recently been brought back to life with a great deal of efforts made by the local artisans and provincial tourism officials.  

The main tools used in traditional washcloth weaving include spinning wheel, pair of shears, Kise-bafi loom, beating comb, meter and needle.

Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari has various unique traditions and rituals relative to the tribal lifestyles. Special forms of music, dance, and clothing are noteworthy. It has considerable potential to become a vibrant tourist attraction because of its changing natural landscape.

The province is also a hub for making wool felt products, majorly of which exported abroad. It is home to some 500 crafters, in over 250 workshops, making handmade felt products.

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