Czech handmade glass production added to UNESCO list

Published: 04.01.2024 Related countries:  Qatar Qatar

Czech Hand-Made Glass Production Added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Handmade glass production in the Czech Republic has achieved UNESCO Intangible Heritage status. Recognized for its timeless craftsmanship, this tradition spans from sourcing raw materials to intricate glass processing techniques.

Spearheaded by a collaborative effort among six nations, including Czechia, this milestone now adds to the Czech Republic's rich cultural heritage, joining eight other esteemed entries. Milada Valečková, Director of the Museum of Glass and Jewellery, lauded the achievement, highlighting Petr Nový's instrumental role in the nomination process. The momentous occasion, celebrated during a UNESCO meeting in Botswana, was marked by the cutting of a national flag-shaped cake, symbolizing the unity of cultures."

The art of glass making has a centuries-old tradition in Czechia, dating back to medieval times. The first glass furnace was lit in Bohemia in 1376 and by the 17th century, a major glass industry was founded in the north of the country, around the town of Jablonec nad Nisou, but also in the regions of Zlín and Vysočina.

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