UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

10/06/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/06/2020 01:13

The UNESCO Tashkent Office will conduct online/offline trainings for craftspeople and designers

From 6 to 11 October 2020, trainings on craftsmanship and design will be held in Margilan (Fergana Region). The event is organized by the UNESCO Tashkent Office, the Hunarmand Association of Craftspeople and Folk Artists of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Margilan Crafts Development Centre.

The main purpose of the trainings is to safeguard, develop and promote the intangible cultural heritage of Uzbekistan and, in particular, traditional craftsmanship.

Moreover, the trainings are designed to improve the economic and social well-being of local communities, including women and youth, by creating sustainable income-generating opportunities for them.

The programme of trainings includes online theoretical and practical on-site trainings on traditional embroidery, ethno-design and natural dyeing. The following leading experts, designers and craftspeople from Uzbekistan are invited to conduct the trainings: Ms Markhamat Umarova, Ms Madina Kasimbaeva, Mr Rasul Mirzaahmedov, Mr Akbar Khakimov and Ms Binafsha Nodir.

Given the continuing unfavourable epidemiological background caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities will be held in groups of no more than 30 people in compliance with the applicable sanitary standards.

As a follow-up of the trainings, an online course on handicraft entrepreneurship will be held for trainings' participants from 14 October to 14 November 2020. Mr Sardor Gaziyev and Mr Husnuddin Ato will conduct the course. The experts will teach how to create an own brand, art management, and will talk about modern methods of promoting handicraft products, legal aspects of sales and marketing communications.

The activities are implemented within the framework of the UNESCO and European Union partnership project 'Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran - International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage'. This project aims to: (i) strengthen capacities for safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage, (ii) raise awareness and promote the common cultural heritage on the Silk Roads, and; (iii) use the heritage as a foundation for sustainable development, including through the development of sustainable heritage-based tourism.

Margilan has been chosen as a workshop site based on the historical uniqueness of the city which has been a centre for the production of natural silk and semi-silk fabrics - adras and atlas since antiquity.

In 2017, by a decision of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage established by the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Uzbekistan has been party of this Convention since 2008), the technique of Uzbek traditional atlas and adras making was included in the UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. This practice was called «Margilan Crafts Development Centre, safeguarding of the atlas and adras making traditional technologies».