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Appointment of World Craft City for Stone Mosaics
September 26, 2016

Beijing, China –Madaba, Jordan received the honorary title of World Craft City for Stone Mosaics in 2016 after an evaluation from the World Crafts Council (WCC). The application for the title was submitted to the WCC earlier in 2016. The request was first authorized by Secretariat of the WCC before being passed on to the Executive Board.

Madaba, also donned as “The City of Mosaics” is a city with an archaic history of mosaic culture. It is most popular for its churches, which date back to the 6th and 7th century, that are adorned with colorful and rich mosaic floors. Furthermore, local government has expended a large number of resources into mosaics education. The Madaba Mosaic School was created in order to train local craftsmen in the methods and techniques of mosaic conservation, as well how to produce original mosaics. This effort guarantees a strong development of continued mosaics craftsmanship.

The designation of World Craft City will expect Madaba to fulfill its commitment to its title. This will include an expansion of international exchanges, working and communicating with other Crafts Cities to provide a higher and more efficient platform for the world of craftspeople.

About The WCC

The World Crafts Council has five regional branches (Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe. It is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization recognized by UNESCO, founded in 1964. Its general objectives are to strengthen the status of crafts as a vital part of cultural and economic life, to promote a sense of fellowship among the craftspeople of the world and to offer them encouragement, help and advice.

About Madaba’s Mosaic History

The first mosaics were discovered purely by chance during the building of the new permanent dwellings using squared-up stones from the old monuments. The new inhabitants of Madaba, made conscious of the importance of the mosaics by their priests, made sure that they took care of and preserved all the mosaics that came to light. The Map of Madaba mosaic was discovered in 1896 and the findings were published a year later. This discovery drew the attention of scholars worldwide. It also positively influenced the inhabitants, who shared the contagious passion of F. Giuseppe Manfredi, to whom the rediscovery of most of the city's mosaics are owed.