The traditional art of shital pati weaving has been inscribed as an intangible cultural heritage on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision came on Wednesday at the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee’s meeting at Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.
Shital Pati, literally meaning ‘cool mat’, is a handcrafted mat made by weaving strips of a green cane locally known as ‘murta’ (Schumannianthus dichotomus).
Shital Pati is the fourth item to be recognised from the country as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. The other three items are Baul songs, Jamdani Weaving and Mangol Shobhajatra.
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