Cultural heritage elements added to national list

April 20, 2022 - 21:0

TEHRAN – A total of 10 cultural elements, which are practiced in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, have been added to the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts on Wednesday announced the inscriptions in separate letters it submitted to the governor-general of the province, CHTN reported.

The skills of making several local dishes and pickles, the art of Khameh-duzi, a traditional embroidery, and traditional plowing of the land were amongst entrees to the prestigious list.

The collective province -- Sistan in the north and Baluchestan in the south -- accounts for one of the driest regions of Iran with a slight increase in rainfall from east to west, and an obvious rise in humidity in the coastal regions. In ancient times, the region was a crossword of the Indus Valley and the Babylonian civilizations.

The province possesses special significance because of being located in a strategic transit location, especially Chabahar which is the only ocean port in Iran and the best and easiest access route of the middle Asian countries to free waters.

The vast province is home to several distinctive archaeological sites and natural attractions, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely Shahr-e-Soukhteh (Burnt City) and Lut desert.