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    Lenge Boat Manufacturing

    Qeshm - Lenge Boat Manufacturing


    • Working Hours: no limit
    • Plan Your Visit: about 2 hours

    Qeshm has been known for manufacturing of traditional cargo boats called lenge. Lenges have been used for transportation of items in the Gulf for centuries, and the manufacturers accept orders from not only domestic but also foreign owners.

    Entering the shipyard is like stepping back into the Old Testament, with a wooden Noah’s Ark standing before you. Situated in the Iranian port of Gouran on Qeshm, the largest island in the Persian Gulf, this is the last place where a traditional wooden cargo boat known as the Lenj is still constructed. In a region dominated by gleaming skyscrapers and soulless modern developments, this practice harks back to an age-old way of life. The Bandari locals here still wear traditional dress, live in houses cooled by badgirs (wind towers) and build boats by hand, plank by plank, without blueprints

    Yet continuing this tradition of shipbuilding has not been easy, particularly as the international economic boycott of Iran almost tripled the cost of wood and engines. The owner of the shipyard, Ali Pouzan, an Iranian in his forties who lives in Gouran, hopes for better times after economic and trade sanctions were lifted at the beginning of this year.

    A new Lenj will cost between €300,000 and €500,000, depending on its size. Each one takes two years to build, such is the care and detail of the craftsmanship. Different kinds of wood are needed for the various components — tropical teak for the hull, for instance, is imported from Burma, India and Africa as Qeshm is a desert island where no trees grow. 

    The shipyard’s superintendent is an old man from Gouran, who seems to know where to find any kind of wood in the chaos around the boats. We also meet the master carpenter, Ghafoor Ahmed, currently unable to work because his right eye is infected by a splinter of wood. There is no form of health or income insurance provided for the workers here, nor any union or co-operative to defend their interests or to protect them.

    Shipping and shipbuilding are ancient traditions in the Persian Gulf. Qeshm had a strong reputation for trade and navigation long before the introduction of Islam and, in Iran, there are still many Lenj boats being used for fishing, by pearl divers and for trade. Originally, Lenjes were used for long distances (between India and Africa, for example), but now embark on shorter journeys in the Persian Gulf for trade between Dubai and Oman and the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Everything from dates, fish and sheep to electronics and textiles are transported by Lenj. 

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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.