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Shyrdak is my poetry

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Culture and History, Kyrgyzstan
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Calendar “Shyrdak is my poetry” was released in Kyrgyzstan. It includes photographs of beautiful ornaments of famous Kyrgyz felt carpets.

Creation of the calendar was initiated by the Central Asia Crafts Support Associations’ Resource Centre in Kyrgyzstan (CACSARC-kg). According to the director of the Resource Centre CACSARC-kg and at the same time the representative of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Intergovernmental Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage, Dinara Chochunbaeva, this initiative is made in order to promote Kyrgyz ala-kiyizs and shyrdaks (traditional felt carpets).

“Shyrdaks, which photos can be seen in this calendar, were collected by our experts throughout Kyrgyzstan. They were selected on the basis of their uniqueness, a unique pattern. Then the researches were working with these shyrdaks. They unscrambled patterns on the carpets, because each of them says something, denotes a talisman or a wish. These texts were then transformed into poetic form”, – Dinara Chochunbaeva says.

Photo from www.vb.kg web-site

Each sheet of the calendar with each month of 2014 is decorated with color photos of shyrdaks, which is accompanied by a description in three languages: Kyrgyz, Russian and English. Names of the authors who once created these shyrdaks are not indicated. As Dinara Chochunbaeva explains, the author is the people.

In 2006, the Kyrgyz Republic ratified the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In 2012, Kyrgyzstan became a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. By the decision of representatives of 24 States Parties of the organization at a meeting of the Committee at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris in December 2012, the art of making traditional felt carpets was included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as Endangered.

Photo from www.vb.kg web-site

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