The permanent delegate of Paraguay to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), Nancy Ovelar de Gorostiaga, reported on Wednesday that the para’i poncho technique is made official from 60 lists as a cultural heritage candidate intangible of humanity.
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In this sense, the ambassador specified that the proposal was an initiative of the Paraguayan Institute of Crafts and the National Secretary of Culture; it was presented during a meeting with the director of the convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, Tim Curtis.
Thus, the technique is a cultural tradition that forms the Paraguayan national identity, it is used by families to produce this artisan garment of folklore in the South American nation.
When a heritage is declared material or immaterial cultural or natural World Heritage, it does not cease to be ours. It’s the opposite. The world will find out that it belongs to us and that we also commit ourselves as a State to take care of it and preserve it. pic.twitter.com/RN07IUpDhP
— Nancy Ovelar (@nancyovelar7)
April 20, 2022
It is worth noting that the name of the dress is given in honor of the 60 soldiers killed to be buried in a common grave with black and white ponchos in the Paraguayan city of Piribebuy during the national war against the Triple Alliance.
“This textile work of great beauty and creative complexity also emphasizes the importance of the role of the Paraguayan woman as a fundamental pillar in the preservation of the components of culture, since historically she is in charge of its oral and practical transmission to the following generations. ”, specified Ambassador Ovelar.
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Delivery of the dossier for the candidacy for the Declaration of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the ambassador @nancyovelar7 the Secretary of the Heritage Safeguarding Convention Tim Curtis. pic.twitter.com/Y358JkPc0r
— UnescoParaguay (@DelegacionPy)
April 11, 2022
During 2021, the international organization declared tereré and pohã ñaña, an ancestral Guarani drink in Paraguay, as cultural heritage of humanity; promoting cultural diversity on an international scale.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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