Ancestral and traditional techniques for the elaboration of the 'Poncho Para'i de 60 Listas', from the city of Piribebuy, Republic of Paraguay

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 74,500 granted in 2023
  • Dates of implementation:
    • Approved in 12/2023 - not yet under implementation

Benefitting country(ies): Paraguay


To be implemented by the National Secretariat of Culture in partnership with UNESCO, this eighteen-month project aims to ensure the transmission of the knowledge and techniques of making the Poncho Para’í de 60 Listas. The project involves promotion activities such as a television show, a permanent exhibition, craft fairs and a weaving competition. The homes and workshops of poncho artisans will be given publicity and prominence. The project also entails developing an academic programme for the existing School for the Safeguarding Poncho Para’í de 60 Listas. Training programmes on entrepreneurship, business strategies and management will be conducted to support the sustainability of the production process. These programmes will result in the development of a certification system and the creation of an online store to be managed by the bearers of the element. The project is expected to increase local capacities to continue and transmit the ancestral techniques of making the poncho. It will also lead to the creation of a network and cooperative of weavers. Moreover, the activities will highlight the cultural value of the poncho at the national and international levels and enable the identification of similar safeguarding activities for other intangible cultural heritage elements in Paraguay.

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