Filigree Craft, Yet Another Reason You Should Put Kosovo on Your To Go List

By: Valon Xoxa    September 11, 2014

Filigran, from a quick search in Google, results with multiple entries in wikipedia and not much explanation. At its essence, Filgree is the art of bending and shaping thin stripes of metal, be that gold,silver or just plain twisted wire. For the people of Prizren, the old ottoman style city of Kosovo, it is more than that. It is a sense of identity. As Ndue Paluca explained fort the “Filigree is art. It means a lot to me. It is like sculpture or painting, but more complicated,”.

Jo Piazza from Yahoo reflects upon the lives of “nine aging factory workers use 50-year-old tools to make some of the most beautiful and intricate silver jewelry I have ever seen”. Thus it made me curious to find out more about this craft and see what others have been saying.

I for one, came across some interesting videos ;

And also many blogs from foreign and local people that find the Art of Filgree Fascinating.




Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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