King's Lynn Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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08 March 2018The Silver Thread: Silver Filigree and Traditional Arts in Kosovo
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The Silver Thread:
Silver Filigree and Traditional Arts in Kosovo

Elizabeth Gowing
Thursday 08 March 2018

Studied at Magdalen College, Oxford before training as a teacher and working in Lambeth, Hackney and Islington.

Moved to Kosova in 2006 and there worked with the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina and co0founded The Ideas Partnership, a charity working on education and cultural heritage projects.

Speaks fluent Albanian and has translated two books:-

1. The unauthorized biography of Yugoslavia's longest held political prisioner, Adem demaci.

2. The memoirs of one of the leaders of the 1912 uprising.

Also author of three books about Kosova:-

1. Travels in Blood and Honey ( becoming a beekeeper in Kosova 2011)

2. Edith and I ( on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosova 2013)

3. The Rubbish - Picker's Wife (an unlikely friendship in Kosova 2015)

Has appeared on Radio 4 (Saturday Live, Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent) and on the BBC World News.

'The silver thread; filigree jewellery - an ancient craft which spread across the former Ottoman Empire.  Still practised by men and women who turn into dragons as they puff fire, sprinkle silver dust, and magic thick silver rods into fine wire and this into lacy jewellery, adornment and religious artefacts.'