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Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf. ©UNESCO 2011
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Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf

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Persian Gulf

Iranian Lenj vessels are traditionally hand-built from wood and are used by inhabitants of the northern coast of the Persian Gulf for sea journeys, trading, fishing and pearl diving. The traditional knowledge surrounding Lenjes includes oral literature, performing arts and festivals, in addition to the sailing and navigation techniques and terminology and weather forecasting, and the skills of wooden boat-building. Today, wooden Lenjes are being replaced by cheaper fibreglass substitutes and the philosophy, culture and traditional knowledge of sailing in the Persian Gulf are gradually fading.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Iran
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Hamid Dehghanpour, director. Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, producer.
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Rights/Droits: ranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts; and Tourism Organization (2010 & 2011)

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