On 21 November, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tajikistan to Belgium and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Rustamjon Abdulloevich Soliev met with the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
During the meeting, the Ambassador handed to the Director-General the new edition of the book, The Tajik Golden Heritage, examining Tajik arts, crafts and culture, and authored by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Mr. Hamrokhon Zarifi.
Over 400 pages long, the book presents a stunning illustration of Tajik arts and crafts from different periods of history, going from the earliest of times up to the present.
The author has gathered extensive information and high quality illustrations and compiled them, dividing the book into chapters on the Oxus Treasure, the Silk Road, the art of the miniature and various forms of Tajik arts and crafts -- jewelry, metalworking, fabrics, pottery, carving, the visual arts in architecture, national costumes, embroidery and gold embroidery, headwear and footwear, musical instruments and many others.
The Tajik Golden Heritage is an outstanding window onto the depth of Tajik cultural heritage, open to all readers across the world, and highlighting Tajikistan’s rich contribution to heritage of humanity. It sheds light on the wealth of Tajik culture and, as importantly, on the pride in and attachment of the populations of Tajikistan to their culture. Past and present are intimately linked through the continued revival of living forms and traditions.
This book has been disseminated among UNESCO Member States as an example for the promotion and preservation of cultural heritage.