the threefold heritage

the threefold heritage

Perfumery has hardly ever been acknowledged as a valuable heritage – especially the perfumery arts beyond the Western world. However, Asia’s treasury speaks for itself.

(in respect of the UNESCO criteria)

cultural heritage

  • Representing landscapes, growing areas of raw materials, trade entrepôts, as well locations of the fine use of aromatics with their distinctive infrastructure and visible achievements.

natural heritage

  • Mirroring Asia’s diverse and unique climates and natural features that led and supported the development of an abundant, unique and diverse (fragrant) flora.

cultural intangible heritage

  • Representing practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith.
  • Recognized by communities, groups, and in some cases, individuals, as part of their cultural heritage.
  • Transmitted from generation to generation.
  • Constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history.
  • Providing with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

further information about the heritage

benchmarksits therapeutic valuetoday’s challenges
Keywords desribing the scopes and facets of the huge and diverse field of traditional Asian perfumeryMedical terms hinting at the therapeutic effects of aromatic substances and indicationspointers at recent developments influencing and/or resulting from perfumery practices

visual impressions

A collection of pictures will give you a better idea of the wealth and aesthetics of Asian perfumery practices.