Three kilims from Serbia nominees for UNESCO world heritage list

During the promotion of the new exhibition at the Serbian Salon in the Government Building in Nemanjina, initiative was raised to officially propose that by March 2020 that three kilims from Serbia - Pirot, Stapar and Sandzak – get nominated to UNESCO World Heritage List.

The initiative was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Coordination Body for Gender Equality, Zorana Mihajlovic, Ethno Network and NALED, and supported by the Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic, as well as the mayors of Sombor, Dusanka Golubovic and Pirot, Vladan Vasic.

Vice-President Mihajlovic said that in early December, the initiative was supplied to the Ethnographic Museum to initiate the nomination package for the three kilims.

                The three kilims are inscribed in the national register, and we will do our best to submit the initiative for entry into the UNESCO list in March,” said Mihajlovic in the Serbian Salon during a presentation of new exhibition prepared in partnership of the Coordination Body for Gender Equality, Ethno Network and NALED.

NALED Executive Director Violeta Jovanovic recalled that in September 2019, with the support of provincial Prime Minister Igor Mirović, the Vojvodina Salon” was also opened.

In meetings with foreign officials, DPM Mihajlovic and Provincial Prime Minister Mirovic use traditional handicrafts as business gifts, thus creating a source of income for many rural women.

                In this way, more than 100 of gold-thread embroidered Cyrillic alphabets, hand-woven belts, embroidered towels reached high ranking foreign officials. We want to maximize this result in 2020, first of all in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Jovanovic said.

The handicrafts were made by women from all over Serbia who are part of the 1000 Women Initiative”. So far, relatively spekaing 698 artisans were employed for a month thanks to the Initiative. These skilled artisans made gifts to top government officials and VIP guests includnig a royal belt” for the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pirot kilims delivered to the presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emanuel Macron. Culture Minister Vladan Vukosavljevic said that Serbia made great strides in the last 10 years to preserve tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

It was also announced at the conference that work on the draft law on crafts would be put to the public discussion as soon as possible, which would be an initiative of the two ministries in partnership with the ministry of economy. NALED also initiated the introduction of a new institute called the “guardian of tradition” to support outstanding individuals investing tireless efforts to preserve local cultural heritage.