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Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figures inscribed as intangible cultural heritage

The Intergovernmental Com- mittee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Jeju (Republic of Korea, 7-9 December 2017, inscribed thirty-three new elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, among them the Craftmanship of Estremoz Clay Figures (Por- tugal).

This craftmanship dates back to the 17th century and involves a process lasting several days. The clay figures are dressed in regional attires of Alentejo or religious clothing and follow specific themes; the very characteristic aesthetic features of the figures make them immediately identifiable, and the craft is strongly attached to the region. Artisans ensure the viability and recognition of their craft through non-formal workshops and pedagogical initiatives, as well as through local, national and international fairs.

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Published on 07 December 2017
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