Exhibition of photographs published in 2008.

Life hammered in metal.
Love plaited in strings.
Magic weaved in pictures.
A beginning, and yet an endless eternity.
Stories of wisdom and art, life and love and an inexhaustible source of primeval inspiration. These attributes are only a tiny aspect, of the true story of silversmiths and the items born from their hands.
Jewelery as a symbol of beauty eternally touches the souls of the people. It has been used to decorate them, enhance their beauty, express their spiritually, reveal their social status, and reflect their lifestyle.
Jewelery symbolizes the joy of the bride, and the pride of the girl. It speaks about the city, but also unearths the roots of life hidden in mountain or field villages.
Each item was designed to decorate, and protect.
Gold, silver, brass and other elements, woven from stories by the magical hands of the masters, into various ornaments, which have special, metaphysical meaning.
And the masters’ storytellers. . .

The jewelry collection from the museum storages of the NI Institute and Museum, Bitola is very valuable by the characteristics it possesses. The collection includes items from the end of the XVIII century to the beginning of the XX century. The objects in this collection vary in the type of materials, production techniques, and their utility.
As a very important silversmith’s centre in the region, except for Skopje and Pristina, Bitola was the leader in the production of the jewelry and other accessories or decorative objects. According to this it is completely understandable that the local masters achieved the culmination in their artistic expression.
Part of the collection is imported, and that refers to some of the items of the city jewellery. These items illustrate that during the period described, Bitola was both a trade and consulate centre in South-eastern Europe.

  • Publisher : NU Institute and Museum Bitola
  • Editor: Zoran Nikolovski
  • Author: Zdravka Maretik – Ethnologist
  • Proffesional Assistant: Meri Stojanova – Ethnologist
  • Preparator: Ljubica Stefanovska
  • English translation : Meri Stojanova
  • Photography: Zaga Production, Slave Stojanov
  • Design: Pargovski Jove
  • Print run: 1 000
  • Printed by: GRAFO PROM
  • Financed by: Ministry of Culture of the R.Macedonia
  • Bitola 2008