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Icelandic Handicraft Association Recognized by UNESCO

The Icelandic Handicraft Association was recognized at the recent UNESCO congress in Paris with a place on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The association is the first such Icelandic association to be recognized in such a way. RÚV reports.

“A great honour”

“This is a great honor for the Handicraft Association and for all of us,” stated Kristín Vala Breiðfjörð, chairperson of the association. “This is the first association in Iceland to receive this recognition from UNESCO,” she continued. Kristín is currently attending the General Assembly of UNESCO in Paris along with representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the Icelandic UNESCO delegation.

“The future is bright”

Kristín also stated that “the Handicraft Association, in its 110-year history, has worked to preserve Icelandic cultural heritage in craftsmanship. This includes our national costumes, textile work, embroidery, and all the crafts that are found in museums. While museums’ role is to preserve these national treasures, it is our role to preserve the working knowledge behind them, and the craftsmanship.”

In addition to the Icelandic Handicraft Association, around fifty other organizations worldwide will be added to the list today, including the Swedish Handcraft Association.

“I would say the future is bright,” Kristín stated to RÚV. “We see a significant increase in participation in our courses and interest in the association, as well as a general interest in crafts in society.”



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