Laos celebrates naga weaving motif as World Heritage

08/06/2024 10:42
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KPL (KPL) A grand celebration of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee’s recognition of Laos’ traditional naga motif weaving as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was held at the National Cultural Hall, Vientiane, on Jun 7 in the presence of Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone.


(KPL) A grand celebration of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee’s recognition of Laos’ traditional naga motif weaving as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was held at the National Cultural Hall, Vientiane, on Jun 7 in the presence of Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone.

Taking part in the celebration also included Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Suansavanh Viyaket, Minister of Education and Sports Phout Simmalavong, former Party and state leaders, international diplomatic corps, writers, monks, researchers, students, Vientiane residents, and representatives of relevant parties. 

“Lao women wear unique traditional costumes that have been passed down through generations. Lao traditional skirts and sashes have multiple colors and designs with each deeply connected to the lives of different regions and provinces of Laos, as well as to Lao people abroad. Starting from the age of 10, Lao girls begin to learn weaving from their mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law. This learning process is ducted through verbal communication and hands-on practice without textbooks. Instead, folk tales, poetry and slogans incorporate naga designs, techniques and textiles,” said Minister Suansavanh Viyaketh.

This practice has provided valuables for Lao people across the generations, becoming a refined and unique of Lao culture. It remains a heritage of Lao families and society.

Among the designs, the naga weaving motif is the most admired and distinct. It was created by the imagination, worship and careful consideration, all of which are interwoven in people's daily life.

After the inscription of khaen music as a form of intangible cultural of humanity by UNESCO in 2017, the Party and State instructed the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism to take the lead in conducting research on Lao culture, particularly those aspects with national, mass appeal, and progressiveness. The aim was to protect the fine aspects of Lao culture, as well as to promote elements such naga weaving motif on the world stage.

Following extensive studies, proposal presentations, regular monitoring, and explanations to the relevant committees over the past several years, the 18th National Conference of UNESCO on Intangible Heritage was held in Botswana on December 6, 2023. It endorsed the Lao naga weaving motif as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

On February 28, 2024, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Suansavanh Viyaketh led a Lao delegation on a trip to Paris to receive the world heritage certificate from UNESCO. 


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