The knowledge, craft and skills involved in handmade glass production have been entered into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A total of six countries have prepared and submitted a joint nomination.
The registration was decided on 6 December at the 18th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in Botswana. It includes glassmakers from Germany, France, Spain, Finland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
How will registration benefit glassmakers?
Firstly, it will help spread awareness of this rich and vibrant tradition and the various glassmaking techniques. It will increase the social prestige of glass crafts. It will also stimulate dialogue between the communities of the participating countries and, last but not least, it will oblige countries to promote the preservation of handmade glass.
“At the first meeting of the working group of nominating countries in Spain in October, we identified as our top priority the education of the population to distinguish quality handmade products from the standard range offered by supermarket chains. Of course, not everyone has the financial means to buy handmade glass, but almost everyone can occasionally bring joy to themselves or their loved ones with a beautiful and unusual glass gift,” says Milada Valečková, Director of the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou.
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