Pottery skills of the women of Sejnane
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO decided, at its 13th meeting held in Port Louis (Mauritius), from 26 November to 1 December 2018, to include women’s pottery know-how Sejnane on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, said Thursday afternoon the Permanent Delegation of Tunisia to Unesco in Paris.
The Sejnane women’s pottery know-how is now included in the list of intangible cultural heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
“This is the first inscription for Tunisia on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of Humanity created under the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage,” the same source added.
“In addition to the international influence that the registration of Sejnane women’s pottery know-how can have for Tunisia in general and for the region in particular, as well as the promotion of the excellence of Tunisian handicrafts, the inclusion of this element in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity will contribute to the reinforcement of the measures of safeguarding and valorisation of this heritage”, a statement of the permanent delegation of Tunisia with Unesco reads.
The pottery skills of the women of Sejnane relate to the practice of using a specific technique to produce terracotta artefacts for the home, including cooking utensils, dolls and animal figurines inspired by the environment.