UNESCO recognizes Uzbek atlas & adras-making technologies as Intangible Cultural Heritage
UNESCO has included Uzbekistan’s atlas and adras-making technologies in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision was made at the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, taking place in Jeju Island in South Korea Dec. 4-9.
“The history of ikat atlas and adras-making technologies in the territory of modern-day Uzbekistan dates back to the Late Antique Period,” UNESCO said. “Historically, Margilan was the center for making atlas and adras – vivid and fine traditional fabrics. Due to the acute need to revive and safeguard traditions at risk of disappearing, the local community came up with an initiative to launch the Crafts Development Centre (CDC) in 2007.”