Speaker – Elizabeth Gowing MA
From the early Kosovan silver mines which are mentioned in Dante, through the twentieth century politics over Kosovo’s mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. In the country’s cultural capital, Prizren, a seventh generation of filigree artisans use ‘filum’ and ‘granum’, zigzags and ‘mouse-tooth’ designs and other twists and turns to magic lacy creations from dull sticks of raw material. The results – boxes, buttons, jewellery, religious ornamentation and the talismans of superstition – are a fine narrative of Kosovo’s history and traditions.
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