16.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

The presentation of a publication entitled “Applied Art of Uzbekistan: Traditions and Innovations”

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The presentation of a publication entitled “Applied Art of Uzbekistan: Traditions and Innovations” will be organized by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent on 21 May 2013.

UNESCO has promoted the intangible cultural heritage of Uzbekistan through support provided in the implementation of the 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as various activities aiming at the revitalization, safeguarding and promotion of this rich heritage at national and international levels.

One of such projects is “Creative industries development for the diversity of cultural expressions - strengthening the sustainability of crafts industry in Uzbekistan”, which was launched with support from the Republic of Korea in 2010. The project focuses on the safeguarding, development and promotion of traditional handicrafts in Uzbekistan, in particular in Karakalpakstan and the Fergana Valley.

The publication “Applied Art of Uzbekistan: Traditions and Innovations” was issued in the framework of the above project. It is based on the field research conducted by Academician Akbar Khakimov and demonstrates the experience and good practices of leading craftsmen of Uzbekistan who preserve traditional arts and adapt traditions to the present-day environment. Moreover, this publication provides an unprecedented insight into the work of the current Uzbek craftsmen applying new skills, techniques and design to traditional handicraft.

This publication is to serve as a practical manual for craftsmen, culture specialists and students, but also, it is hoped to be of general public interest, thus contributing to the safeguarding, development and promotion of handicrafts in Uzbekistan.

Contact person: Ms. Muhayyo Makhmudova – email: m.makhmudova@unesco.org




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