On 12 December 2019, the Ukrainian element «Tradition of Kosiv Painted Ceramics» was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at its 14th session (Bogota, Colombia, 9 – 14 December 2019).
The tradition of Kosiv painted ceramics - dishes, ceremonial items, toys, tiles - arose in the XVIII century and has not only practical but also artistic value today. Ceramics made from local gray clay are characterized by their figurative drawings expressing history, life, folklore, beliefs and customs of the Hutsuls.
Ukraine at this session was represented by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Peru Igor Tumasov, Honorary Consul of Ukraine to Republic of Columbia Luis Bernardo Ramirez Brand, Honored Worker of Arts of Ukraine Mariia Gryniuk and Secretary of the Kosiv City Council Roman Pechyzhak.
Ambassador Tumasov thanked the members and experts of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the high recognition of another element of the rich and diverse Ukrainian culture. He also expressed the sincere gratitude to the representatives of the Kosiv community for their persistent and careful preservation of local traditions and culture as part of the diverse cultural heritage of Ukraine.
This inscription is another testimony that even in the era of globalization and rapid development of digital technologies preservation of elements of the country's intangible cultural heritage and its recognition in the world cultural space remains a priority task for Ukraine.