Care of collections and intangible cultural heritage at the Kurdish Textile Museum.
The objective of the Museum is to preserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Kurdish nomadic communities in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Museum aims to support nomadic communities to stay autonomous and self sufficient while preserving their traditional knowledge and skills.
The Museum has the ambition to build on the experience of institutional and local communities in order to create a sustainable partnership between representatives of the nomadic tribes, the Kurdish Textile Museum and the regional authorities. The objective of the Museum is to become a bridge between local and international academic communities by sharing knowledge and providing access to and developing research on this unique cultural heritage.
To attain such a goal the Museum has the specific objectives to:
- Conserve and document the museum collection on display and in storage
- Provide access to the collection in a safe and stable museum environment
- Document traditional nomadic techniques in the production of textiles and costumes.
The Kurdish Textile Museum’s mission statement follows the code of ethics of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), adopted during the 21st General Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2007:
“A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”
ICOM code of ethics in English and Arabic:
Terminology to characterize the conservation of tangible cultural heritage: