Traditional Sri Lankan ‘Dumbara Weaving’ craftsmanship has been recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
The recognition took place at the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in Paris, France.
P.N. Meegaswatte, secretary-general of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO, chaired this annual gathering.
The official declaration of recognizing ‘Dumbara Rataa Kalaala’ as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage will be made tomorrow (15).
This craft is the making a type of mat used as wall-hangings, tapestries or cushion-covers, ornamented with culturally defined motifs and designs using the fibre of Hana plant.
It is practised in the two villages of Kalasirigama in Kandy and Alokagama in Matale.