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Ak-kalpak craftsmanship, traditional knowledge and skills in making and wearing Kyrgyz men’s headwear


Language: English

Ak-kalpak craftsmanship is a traditional Kyrgyz handicraft. The Ak-kalpak is a traditional male hat made with white felt which bears deep sacral meanings. Ak-kalpak craftsmanship encompasses a cumulative body of knowledge and skills pertaining to felting, cutting and sewing, and pattern embroidery. The Ak-kalpak’s shape resembles a snow peak, with the four sides resembling the four elements, and the edging lines symbolising life. Ak-kalpak fosters inclusivity and unites different Kyrgyz tribes and communities. Traditionally, related knowledge and skills are transmitted from mother to daughter in craftswomen communities.


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Place/region: Kyrgyzstan, Asia
Series: 2019 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Rights: Public Foundation Min Kiyal, Kyrgyzstan
 

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Original: Video.MP4
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: SYNAV-2019-CLTITH-RL-0149600005
Source ref.: DOC:0149600005 ; CAND:01496
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Public Foundation Min Kiyal, Kyrgyzstan