Hand Emroidery

The representative of UNESCO presented the President of Turkmenistan with certificates on the inclusion of cultural objects in the List of Intangible Heritage

During the meeting on Monday, May 15, Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office Golda El-Khoury presented President Serdar Berdimuhamedov with several certificates confirming the inclusion of several cultural objects on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

As is known, last year, on the initiative of Turkmenistan, such objects as “Turkmen art of embroidery”, “Sericulture and traditional production of silk for weaving” and “Traditions of retelling the parables of Molla Ependi” were added to the list.

The head of state stressed that this event is another recognition by the world community of the significant contribution of the Turkmen people, who carefully preserve and pass on their rich unique traditions from generation to generation, to the development of universal culture.


Large-scale work is carried out in our country to teach young people the national art of embroidery, instill in them diligence, loyalty to the Homeland and family hearth, and popularize Turkmen embroidery around the world. The handicrafts of Ogulabat eje, the beloved mother of our Hero Arkadag, are magnificent examples of the delicate art of embroidery. The transfer of the kurte and flower-patterned socks, made with great artisanship by skillful hands of Ogulabat eje in 1971, to the State Museum of the State Cultural Center of Turkmenistan filled our hearts with great pride.

In his new book “The Meaning of My Life”, our Hero Arkadag draws attention to the wise saying “Give a needle and thread to a girl, and a shovel to a boy”. Our ancestors expressed these words as edification that each person has to pursue their own occupation.

Thanks to the efforts of our Serdar with Arkadag, much attention is paid to development and popularization of Turkmen traditions in the world, including the art of national embroidery. This is fully illustrated by the submission of the nomination “The Art of Turkmen Embroidery” to the UNESCO Secretariat.

Akjemal Durdyeva



In the old days, our grandmothers could tell who made the work just by looking at embroidery or carpet and woven products. It is not without reason that the phrase “a trace of the author’s hand remains on the work” goes among our people. There is no analogue in the whole world of finely and skillfully made Turkmen hand embroidery, where each stitch is accomplished with special care.

Just like carpet weaving, the art of embroidery of our girls and women is distinctive for its uniqueness. Even if the fabric fades, Turkmen embroidery does not lose its brightness and brilliance.

Under the patronage of our Serdar with Arkadag, who continues the path, the solid foundation of which was laid by our Hero Arkadag, the patterns of hand embroidery of our girls and women will be enriched with new floral ornaments. 


The national heritage is the main source of unity, spiritual uplift and creative inspiration of all the Turkmen people. In the period of the Revival of the new Epoch of the Powerful State, a comprehensive study of the art of the Turkmen people, especially the preservation and enrichment of handicrafts, is one of the priorities of the national policy of the country. The empowerment of women in our country, associated with the ancient democratic values of the Turkmen society, has created great opportunities in our current new historical period for the dissemination of needlework, the art of embroidery, and carpet ant to the world in order to preserve it and enhance the reputation of our girls and women. One of the main examples of treasures created by our women is the art of Turkmen embroidery. Being a beautiful magical profession embroidery is a delicate art that requires great talent, skill and tirelessness from a woman. Embroidering is like “digging a well with a needle” and in our country this art is treated with special respect. One of these wonderful Costumes is the “kurte” of our Arkadag’s beloved mother, Ogulabat eje, placed in a prominent place in the State Museum of the Cultural Center, into which she absorbed her heartfelt love and kindness of soul. Although half a century has passed since the sewing of this costume, it has retained its original structure and color. Ogulabat eje sewed this “kurte” for twenty days for her sister-in-law. She was a woman who created so beauty and elegance in such a short time. The art of needlework, inherited from our ancestors, today amazes the world with its beauty and grace. That is why our country pays great attention to the comprehensive development and deepening of cooperation with UNESCO, one of the international organizations, engaged in the comprehensive study, development and dissemination of this ancient art among the world community. Our country is constantly improving the legislative framework for the protection of our national art. In such a peaceful and beautiful time, we would like to express our gratitude to our esteemed Arkadag, as well as Arkadagly Serdar, who raised the dignity of women to a new, international level.


In recent years, large-scale steps have been taken in our country aimed at preserving and actively promoting the national art, the richest cultural heritage of he Turkmen people in the world.

Turkmen handicraft is one of wide-ranging applied arts of our people. Filigree hand embroidery fully manifests the character of a Turkmen woman, who is characterized by diligence, high moral qualities. Coming from the depths of centuries and characterizing the national identity, the unique patterns embroidered on various items have no analogues all over the world.

The antiquity and originality of the patterns decorating Turkmen handicrafts show the world the highest art of our people, their creative ideals and high spirituality.