Petrykivskyi rozpys was the first Ukrainian phenomenon added to Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, according to the General Assembly of UNESCO, which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on December 5, 2013. Thoroughly analyzed and evaluated by 600 culture experts from 95 countries, Petrykivka decorative painting style became the 8th Ukrainian phenomenon on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.
What is Intangible Cultural Heritage? – Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. The importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next (unesco.org)
Petrykivka decorative painting style is a unique technique of Ukrainian applied art, invented by the citizens of Petrykivka, Dnipropetrovsk region. Petrykivskyi rozpys became an integral part of the village and national culture. The unique style is transferred from one generation to another contributing to the cultural development of Petrykivka community. Initiated in the end of the 19th century, the original folk art style is present in almost every corner of Petrykivka village – houses, household items, musical instruments and clothing. Each local family has at least one member, practicing this original artistic style. Basic and advanced courses of Petrykivka decorative painting are widely available in all kindergartens and schools of the village.
Before adding a phenomenon to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List, it has to satisfy numerous criteria, for instance “the phenomenon should demonstrate human creative genius and excellent skill, be rooted in the local culture, be a means of affirming a community’s identity and at risk of disappearing” – reports unesco.org.
In January 2013, Petrykivskyi rozpys was established as a local brand and received its logo, which has later contributed to the support of Petrykivka painters and the promotion of culture and tourism in the village.
Until December 5, 2013 there was no Ukrainian intangible phenomena represented on the UNESCO list. Nevertheless, Ukraine boasts seven tangible phenomena that have been previously included in the World Heritage List: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings in Kyiv, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra; the Ensemble of the Historic Centre in Lviv; Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora in Crimea, etc.
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