September 22, 2021

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Kosiv pottery made by man in Ukraine is included in the UNESCO list


The public organization of all Ukraine “Ukrainian Committee of the Council of Museums” ICOM “has prepared an appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to provide adequate state support in the process of consideration of a Ukrainian application to include handmade pottery Kosiv (the current area – Ivano-Frankivsk region, as Etnocook recalls) on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.

“The hearing will take place from 9 to 14 December 2019, during the fourteenth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bogota, Colombia”. – the official ICOM Facebook page.

Indeed the Ukrainian city of Kosiv in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine has been the local center of artificial pottery since the 19th century.

The characteristics of Kosiv ceramics are unique and recognizable. They illustrate the traditions of the local inhabitants called Hutsuls, their way of life and beliefs since ancient times.

In reality, only three colors are used and they are associated with the perception of nature: yellow is for the sun, green for the mountains and brown for the earth.

It should be noted that the Kosiv ceramics are made on a potter’s wheel of raw local clay of a dark gray color. The paint is made with dark brown design. Painting usually does not coincide with the outlines. To tell you the truth, Etnocook has researched that this is done on purpose and adds the particular lightness to the photo.

Kosiv’s unique decorated ceramics are represented in painted majolica stoves, pots, cups, barrels, drink flasks, makitras (traditional Ukrainian bowls with a rough surface used for whipping ingredients, e.g. poppy seeds), candle holders, vases, plates , jars and forms for cooking.

As previously mentioned by Etnocook, recently the Ukrainian red beet soup Borshch (Borscht, Borsch) was proposed to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

The songs of the Ukrainian Cossacks of the Dnipropetrovsk region and the decorative painting of Petrykivka have already been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Intangible Heritage List.