2:11 PM, 16/03/2016

VN to craft multinational lacquer dossier

VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has instructed Vietnamese relevant agencies' participation in the compilation of a multinational dossier seeking UNESCO’s recognition of the traditional craft of “son mai” (lacquer) as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) was assigned to work with relevant ministries, agencies, and localities, the Republic of Korea and others to craft the dossier.

Earlier, the RoK’s Cultural Heritage Administration on September 16, 2015 sent a letter to the MCST to ask for coordination in building a multinational dossier seeking UNESCO’s recognition of the art of lacquer.

The MCST cited the RoK as saying that China and Japan could also join in the compilation. The countries’ coordination aims to help preserve and promote the unique values of lacquer and bolster cooperation in protecting intangible cultural heritage among regional nations.

Vietnamese “son mai” is a traditional handicraft first used during Viet Nam's feudal era. The medium gets its name from sap extracted from the “son” tree that inhabits the mountains of the northern province of Phu Tho.

Viet Nam had cooperated with Cambodia, the RoK and the Philippines to build a dossier for the tugging rituals and games (a tug-of-war ritual practiced as a prayer for a good harvest), which were added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015./.

By Kim Anh

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