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THE SILVER THREAD: Silver Filigree and the Traditional Arts of Kosovo Elizabeth Gowing Thursday 10 May 2018

From the early Kosovan silver mines which are mentioned in Dante, through the twentieth century politics about Kosovo's mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo's history. Its most intricate tanglings are in the country's cultural capital, Prizen, where a seventh generation of filigree artisans create designs from dull sticks of the raw material.
The results - in boxes, jewellery, religious ornamentation and talismans of superstition - are a fine narrative of Kosovo's history and traditions.

Elizabeth Gowing studied at Magdalen College, Oxford before training as a teacher and working in London. She moved to Kovoso in 2006 and worked with the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina and co-founded 'The Ideas Partnership', a charity working on education and cultural heritage projects. She speaks fluent Albanian, has translated two books, and is also the author of four books about Kovoso and a regular contributor to Radio 4 ( Saturday Live, Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent) and the BBC World Service.