Date
20 November 2017
Japan's 'washi' paper-making art dates back to more than a thousand years.
Japan's 'washi' paper-making art dates back to more than a thousand years.

Japan’s ‘washi’ traditional paper-making set for UNESCO list

Japan’s traditional art of “washi” paper-making is set to be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

Dating back more than 1,000 years, the craft of making “tesuki washi” (traditional handmade paper) had been nominated for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization list by the Japanese government.

UNESCO was quoted as saying Tuesday that its subsidiary that examines candidates for cultural assets has proposed that it register washi-making as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The UNESCO list covers traditions representing cultural diversity and human creativity in fields such as the performing arts, festivals, traditional crafts and social customs.

The newest selection will be the 23rd heritage to be selected from Japan, following the induction of “Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese” in December last year, the report noted.

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