Oooooh I want one. They’re so pretty. Faik told me they aren’t finished quite yet. Beautiful coins will be added to each segment of the necklace. Faik also said that these kinds of necklaces are worn across the chest, attached to the embroidered wedding coat. I asked if these were only for bridal wear and he said “no, any woman can wear these as a necklace.” So I guess these are bridal pieces but also regular necklaces?
These works look so small in comparison to other things Filigrani does, but they actually take a lot of time! This is a picture of some “sunflower” pendants that I’m making and the frames for rings.
This is a picture of the whole crew that went to the Oxygen TV show. We were all connected with the Library and the American Corner in Prizren. Can you imagine all of these people packed into a small bus all the way to Prishtina? haha it was an experience
So I was recently on national television in Kosovo! The TV show is called “Oxygen”, basically the equivalent to our David Letterman or Conan O’Brien. The host is a single, charismatic, 45-year old named Besim. I thought it would be funny to ask him a question at the end of the talk show. I asked if he was single and told him I have a gorgeous cousin who is also single from Texas. He was like, “OH!!!! A cowboy?!!” I told him she’d come riding to him on a horse and he absolutely loved it. Albanians are so interested in jokes about marriage or coupling or the difference between sexes. The joke was a hit. Just watch the end of this promo clip. My students are all very excited to watch me on TV this Friday when it airs at 8:30 PM.
My two friends, Bela and Blerta. My hair has waves! I love it! What a day
One of my friends offered to take me to her relative, an expert hairdresser, so I could look like a bride from Kosovo for one day. My hair has never looked so big and my makeup has never looked so perfect. In this picture I was trying to dance like a bride would….but failing horribly and laughing. It was a fun day.
Wow, are they ever heavy! Faik at Filigrani studios was telling me that the bride typically receives two filigree wedding belts as gifts from her husband’s family. She wears them the day after the wedding in combination with the traditional Albanian wedding attire—see my previous post about the embroidered coats!
Filigrani studios has been working on some wedding belts lately, gearing up for all the summer weddings! The “master book” has all of the carbon copy designs for everything Filigrani has ever made.