Textile artist Anu Raud was granted the "Contribution to Estonian National Identity" award
On 1 December, at the ceremony of 94th anniversary of the national University, a laureate for the "Contribution to Estonian National Identity" award of the University of Tartu was announced, and this was Professor emeritus Anu Raud, Estonian textile artist, keeper and collector of art heritage, long-time lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts and Viljandi Culture Academy of UT.
Chairman of the award committee, Rector of UT Professor Volli Kalm demonstrated respect for the dedication of a legendary holder of Estonian national ideals. “The creation and work of Anu Raud for preserving our folk art heritage has a permanent value. We can say about her creation without hesitation that she has written with a thread a much more meaningful and permanent story about the people of Estonia than somebody else has with words.”
The art of carpet of Anu Raud is of symbolic significance where important permanent values have been put into the form of visual native language. Her work reflect personally, but at the same time showing respect for the heritage, her closeness to rural life and love for home, the signs of the lifecycle of our ancestors.
The University of Tartu issued the "Contribution to Estonian National Identity" award for the 10th time. The award is intended for recognizing people who have eminently promoted the national and state self-awareness of Estonia with their creation.