The traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of Sylhet has been inscribed on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on Wednesday at the 12th
session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee held in Jiju Island of the Republic of Korea.
Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury confirmed New Age of the UNESCO recognition.
‘Museum officials who are attending the session in Korea shared the good news over phone,’ said Chowdhury.
Shital Pati, literally meaning ‘cool mat’, is a handcrafted mat made by weaving strips of a green cane, locally known as ‘murta’ (Schumannianthus dichotomus). The traditional weaving of Shital Pati originated in the greater Sylhet region and remains concentrated there.
A seven-member team, including three national museum officials, two Shital Pati weavers, a trainer and an expert, went to Korea to attend the session, Chowdhury said.
The National Museum, he said, prepared the application for inscription on behalf of the traditional artisans from the Sylhet region where around 4,000 families are engaged in Shital Pati weaving.
UNESCO’s official web site says that the traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of Sylhet has been inscribed as the fourth Intangible Cultural Heritage element from Bangladesh on the list.
Earlier, Mangal Shobhajatra on Pahela Baishakh, traditional art of Jamdani weaving and Baul songs were inscribed on the list in 2016, 2013 and 2008 respectively.
Bangladesh’s application for inscription of Rickshaws and Rickshaw Painting of Dhaka would be evaluated next year, states UNESCO web site.
Describing the inscription of Shital Pati on UNESCO’s representative list as ‘a great achievement’, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said that the government
would continue to provide necessary assistances to Shital Pati weavers so that they could lead a modest life.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Politics