Indonesia's 'Rencong' proposed as world heritage

INDONESIA - The Banda Aceh office of the Cultural Values Conservation Agency (BPNB) is preparing the rencong (traditional Acehnese dagger) to be considered for entry into UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list.

BPNB Banda Aceh head Cut Irini said the rencong had to first be recognised as an item of national heritage by the Education and Culture Ministry before being considered world heritage.

Irini said the dagger fulfilled all the requirements, namely written data, audio-visual data and remaining rencong masters.

"The 'rencong' is not merely a weapon, it also has great historic value, as it was used in the struggle against Dutch colonizers," she told Antara news agency on Thursday.

She added that the effort to nominate the dagger as a national and then world heritage item was worthwhile and should include further historical research.

"The Aceh provincial administration also needs to designate the 'rencong' as an inherent part of the province's cultural history," she said.