Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 12.COM 8.C.4

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/17/12.COM/8.c,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision 4.COM 14.04,
  3. Expresses its thanks to China for submitting its report on the status of the element ‘Traditional Li textile techniques: spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering’, inscribed in 2009 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the continued efforts undertaken by China to safeguard the element and, in particular, those directed towards the two broad goals of ensuring that the specific techniques of the element are effectively transmitted, and of alleviating the difficulties faced by bearers identified at the time of the element’s inscription;
  5. Invites the State Party to continue its actions to support bearers who transmit the techniques of the element, to ensure the provision of regular courses for Li women on all the textile techniques in training centres, to incorporate the transmission of the cultural aspects of the element into the school education system, in collaboration with the communities concerned, to increase the growing of raw materials for the practice and transmission of the element and to raise the visibility of the element and the recognition of its importance by the general public;
  6. Encourages the State Party to continue to strive towards the safeguarding of this element and to explore the possibilities offered by other funding sources in order to implement further safeguarding measures and strengthen the element’s viability;
  7. Further encourages the State Party to meet the deadline of 15 December 2017 for the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.