Belarusian straw work depicting a bird.
Belarusian straw work depicting a bird. Image: Viktar Pałściuk Wikimedia CC BY 2.5

Straw weaving to be added to Belarus’ list of historical and cultural heritage

The straw weaving tradition is spread across the country, making it a strong contender for the national listing.

It is one of the four types of folk arts to be proposed to be added to the Historical and Cultural Heritage List. The other nominations included native art traditions of Vitebsk Oblast; buckwheat bread baking traditions of Malorita District, Brest Oblast; and technologies and traditions of home-baked bread making of the villages of Zhoravka and Kuzmichy in Luban District, Minsk Oblast.

The decision was taken by the Belarusian national scientific methodological council on protection of historical and cultural heritage on 12 February. Acquiring the status of the national historical and cultural heritage will be the first step towards their inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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