Argentine Porteño Fillet ascends to Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO

Take a walk on the streets of Buenos Aires, you will inevitably encounter some Porteño Fillet paintings, around the corner or in front of a shop.

(Soundbite) Jorge Muscia, Porteño Fillet Artist
“The name of fillet comes from the Latin word Filum, meaning thread. And it is the thread we use to frame the drawing.”

Century-old Porteño Fillet, the most famous decorative drawing art in Argentina, ascended to the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 1.

(Soundbite) Jorge Muscia, Porteño Fillet Artist
“Historically it was used for decoration of vehicles, and nowadays it is also widely used for decoration of shops and buildings.”

According to UNESCO, Porteño Fillet is worthy because it highlights the happiness of life by adopting joyful colors and bold structures and incorporating elements of religious characters and social figures such as politicians, music stars and sports heroes.

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