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Tajikistan's chakan embroidery art inscribed on UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Central Asia | culture | 11:06, 30 November 2018 | 1049

AKIPRESS.COM - The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed 15 elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Representative List seeks to enhance visibility for the traditions and know-how of communities without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.

Among the newly inscribed elements was chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of Tajikistan. The art of Chakan embroidery is the practice of sewing ornaments, images of flowers and symbolic drawings with colourful threads on cotton or silk fabrics.

Chakan embroidery is used to decorate clothing and household items, and features symbolic depictions and mythological images relating both to the natural environment and the cosmos, expressing people’s hopes and aspirations. The products are expressions of beauty and of the ties that connect humans and nature. The younger generation learn the art from their mothers, grandmothers and older sisters, as well as through the ‘ustod-shogird’ (master-student) method.

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