High time to register felt-making with UNESCO
This November, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will consider Belarus’ application to include traditional hand-made production of felt boots on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
By Ivan Demianov
The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is being hosted in November by Grenada — an island state in the Caribbean. At present, 232 sites across 70 countries are listed.
The tradition of felt-making is widespread in the Mogilev Region’s Dribin District, with skills passed through the generations. Felt boots are made by hand and there is even a workshop at the Dribin History and Folk Museum, where felt-making is learnt from childhood.
The ‘Tsars’ Belarusian Kolyady custom joined the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage a few years ago and ‘Tereshka’s Wedding’ Kolyady game has also applied to join. Of course, Belarus has its own list of intangible cultural heritage which includes over 30 such, with information to be placed online for easy access and to promote our country as a tourist destination.