9 April 2021
Culture and Tourism Ministry, the traditional heritage of Turkey “Traditional Ahlat stone carving”, “Mother of Pearl Art” and “The traditional production of silk for Sericulture and Weaving” is found in the application for receiving the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has submitted “Traditional Ahlat Stone Workmanship”, “Pearl Inlay Art” and “Silkworm and Traditional Production of Silk for Weaving” to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List as a national file.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will preserve the long-established tradition that represents the knowledge, methods and aesthetic understanding that has been passed on from generation to generation based on the extraction, processing, decoration and construction of volcanic stones from the quarries around Ahlat by stone masters for centuries.
With the traditional mastery of the transformation of silkworm cocoons into soft, durable fabrics brought to UNESCO, this cultural heritage will also be the common heritage of humanity.
Silk is one of the most preferred fabric types for centuries with its softness and brightness.
Based on ancient methods to be placed with inlaid mother of pearl on a wooden surface decoration techniques with mother of pearl inlay art is then saved to the list of UNESCO will be taken to another cultural values of Turkey.
Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman and Gaziantep are the provinces where mother-of-pearl inlay is widely practiced. Continuing with the master-apprentice relationship, this art has a wide range of uses today, from household items such as jewelry boxes, frames, mirrors, coffee tables, chests, chairs, and touristic objects such as backgammon, walking stick and dagger.
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, the most among the first five elements into the country so far Turkey’s cultural values were recorded in the 20 list. Culture and Tourism Ministry Research and Education General Manager Okan Ibis, said in a statement about the newly introduced file, Turkey’s ancient to increase public awareness about the cultural values and these values noted that they added a new one to work to ensure that international promotion.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has revised the candidate files on “Tea Culture”, “The Tradition of Narrating Nasreddin Hodja Anecdotes” and “Mey / Balaban Craftsmanship and Execution Art”, which were submitted to UNESCO last year but could not be taken into consideration due to the quotas applied. reported to. In addition, it has been finalized to be evaluated at the UNESCO 16th Intergovernmental Committee Meeting on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage to be held in Paris, the capital of France, in December this year.