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Ak-kalpak craftsmanship


Ak-kalpak craftsmanship

  • 7 min

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2019
URL: https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/01496
Description: Ak-kalpak craftsmanship is a traditional Kyrgyz handicraft. The Ak-kalpak is a traditional male hat made with white felt which bears deep sacral meanings. Ak-kalpak craftsmanship encompasses a cumulative body of knowledge and skills pertaining to felting, cutting and sewing, and pattern embroidery. The Ak-kalpak’s shape resembles a snow peak, with the four sides resembling the four elements, and the edging lines symbolising life. Ak-kalpak fosters inclusivity and unites different Kyrgyz tribes and communities. Traditionally, related knowledge and skills are transmitted from mother to daughter in craftswomen communities.
Country(ies): Kyrgyzstan
© Public Foundation 'Min Kiyal', Kyrgyzstan, 2018
Duration: 00:07:34 - Support: - (0149600005)


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