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Cham people’s pottery craft awaits UNESCO recognition
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Cham people’s pottery craft awaits UNESCO recognition

The Saigon Times Daily

A Cham man decorates a pottery vase. The south central province of Ninh Thuan is preparing a dossier on the Cham people’s traditional craft of pottery to apply for UNESCO recognition - PHOTO: VNA

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked Ninh Thuan Province authorities to compile a dossier on Cham ethnic people’s traditional craft of pottery to apply for UNESCO recognition as an intangible cultural heritage in need of safeguarding, Nhan Dan newspaper reports.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism shall work with the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies - HCMC branch to conduct surveys and studies, and invite representatives of other localities where Cham people engage in the traditional craft of pottery to join in their research.

One of the most outstanding features of the Cham people’s traditional craft of pottery is the technique of shaping their products by hand rather than wheel, and using simple tools to decorate them.

The products are then dried under the sun from four to six hours before the artisans fire them in outdoor bonfires, using straw and wood, instead of having them baked in a kiln.

With skillful hands, Cham people have made a variety of pottery products for their daily activities and spiritual purposes such as cylindrical jars where they keep water or rice, decorative lamps, and statues of Apsara or Siva.

In October 2017, the art of traditional pottery making of Cham ethnic minority people in Bau Truc pottery village in Ninh Thuan Province was recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as national intangible cultural heritage.

The recognition shows the appreciation of stringent efforts of Cham ethnic people in preserving age-old traditions and cultural values of Bau Truc pottery village and contributes to promoting the image of pottery products to domestic and international tourists.

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