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Tanzania is the Partner Nation for 37th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2024

Partner Nation :  Tanzania 

The 37th Edition of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela is poised  to write history as it will witness an unprecedented participation by foreign countries in a large number. 

Tanzania, a land known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife, is also a canvas for vibrant artistic expression and rich cultural heritage. From the intricate beadwork of the Maasai to the contemporary art scenes in urban centers, Tanzania’s local art and crafts scene is a testament to the country’s creativity and traditions. Tanzanian artists will take you to a journey through the captivating world of Tanzanian artistry, exploring traditional crafts, contemporary works, the talented local artisans behind them.

Traditional Crafts and Heritage

At the heart of Tanzania’s art scene lies a deep connection to cultural heritage. Traditional crafts, passed down through generations, showcase the artistry of various ethnic groups. The Maasai, renowned for their intricate beadwork, create stunning jewelry, clothing, and decorative pieces that reflect their cultural identity and history. The Makonde people are celebrated for their masterful wood carvings, while the Chaga people excel in crafting baskets, mats, and utensils from local materials


Member State
(8 Nos.)
Observer State
(4 Nos.)
Dialogue Partner
(14 Nos.)
  1.       India
  2.      Kazakhstan
  3.     China
  4.      Kyrgyzstan
  5.      Russia
  6.     Pakistan
  7.     Tajikistan
  8.     Uzbekistan.
    i.        Afghanistan
  ii.        Belarus
iii.        Iran
 iv.        Mongolia
      i.        Azerbaijan
     ii.       Armenia
   iii.       Turkey
    iv.       Cambodia
      v.       Sri Lanka
    vi.       Nepal
  vii.       Saudi Arabia
viii.       Qatar
   ix.       Egypt
     x.       UAE
   xi.       Kuwait
 xii.       Myanmar
xiii.       Maldives
xiv.       Bahrain

Partner Nations over the years

  • Egypt became the Focus Nation in the 23rd Surajkund Crafts Mela-2009. That’s how the idea was mooted to introduce a country/nation as a Focus Nation.
  • Thailand was introduced as the first Focus Nation during the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela-2012.
  • A group of African Nations participated as Focus Nations in the 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2013.
  • Sri Lanka was participated as Focus Nation for 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2014.
  • Lebanon was participated as Focus Nation for the 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2015.
  • China and Japan was the Focus Nation for 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela -2016
  • Kyrgyzstan was the partner Nation for 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2018
  • Thailand was the the partner Nation for 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019
  • Uzbekistan  was the partner Nation for 34th &  Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020
  • United Kingdom  was the partner Nation for 35th &  Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2022
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was the partner Nation for 36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2023


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