UNESCO has included the art of Turkmen embroidery in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind. This happened at the 17th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. This nomination was initiated by Turkmenistan in March 2021 as an important part of the country’s intangible cultural heritage. Iran co-sponsored the nomination.
On the sidelines of the session, the delegation of Turkmenistan held a presentation on the rich art of Turkmen embroidery. Representatives of the evaluation commission of the intergovernmental committee of UNESCO noted the special influence of the mentioned element on the life and fate of the peoples of Turkmenistan and Iran.
The UNESCO site on Turkmen embroidery states that “Turkmen-style needlework is an arts and crafts used in the national dress of people of all genders and ages in Turkmenistan and Iran.
Also, the multinational nomination “Sericulture and traditions of silk production in weaving” was included in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind. The nomination was co-authored by Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
In addition, another multinational nomination “Traditions of retelling Hodja Nasreddin’s anecdotes” was unanimously approved, co-authored by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.