‘Shital Pati’ recognized as cultural heritage

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Cultural Heritage

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sylhet’s traditional art of ‘Shital Pati’ weaving has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO.

The recognition was given on Wednesday at UNESCO’s 12 ICH Committee session at Jeju in South Korea. This is the third ICH from Bangladesh inscribed by UNESCO, according to its official website.

Earlier in 2016, “Mangal Shobhajatra” was inscribed while “Baul songs” was inscribed in 2008.

Forty-seven elements have been inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding to date in 26 countries. The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity numbers 365 elements in 108 countries.

Shital Pati is the traditional art of making a handcrafted mat by weaving together strips of a green cane known as ‘Murta’.

The mat is used by people all over Bangladesh as a sitting mat, bedspread or prayer mat.