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05 12.2012.

State Office for Croats abroad was co-sponsored the ethnographic exhibition


State Office for Croats Abroad co-sponsored the ethnographic exhibition "Traditional jewelry of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

State Office for Croats Abroad co-sponsored the ethnographic exhibition "Traditional jewelry of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina"


The ethnographic exhibition "Traditional jewelry of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was inaugurated in the premises of the Croatian Heritage Foundation. The exhibits belong to the ethnographic collection of the Monastery and Spiritual Center "Karmel sv. Ilije" on Buško lake, near Tomislavgrad.

"In this lovely collection the history of individuals woven into the centuries old history of the whole Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina is preserved. It is therefore particularly important to systematically take care of this national treasure and preserve it for future generations, " said Head Krstičević at the opening of the exhibition. She also thanked the Reverend Zvonko Martic to his invaluable contribution in preserving and collecting the centuries old riches of creativity from Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Head Krstičević emphasized the significant contribution of the Croatian government to this valuable collection, which is realized through the tender for funding of educational, cultural, scientific and health programs and projects of interest to the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the State Budget. "Investments made by the Croatian project and programs of interest to the Bosnian Herzegovinian Croats, are also investments in the whole Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that contributes to the overall prosperity of the country, where Croats are the constituent and inseparable part" - said Head Krstičević.

"Traditional jewelry of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina" is the only collection which collects and preserves traditional costumes and jewelry of Croats from across the country, and contains as many as 140 complete vintage costumes and over five hundred different decorative items. Basically, this is silver jewelry from the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Among the jewelry stand some extremely rare pieces. Beside the fine jewelry, there are items of jewelery and ornamental objects made by very talented individuals. The peculiarity of this collection are collected and saved costumes and jewelry from Croats in western Bosnia, where it was very difficult to get to certain items and where a very small number of Croats is now living. This is the first time the Republic of Croatia presents this valuable collection of traditional jewelry of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which represents an exceptional support to its future preservation.

The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Croatian Goverment, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Vjekoslav Bevanda, Ministry of Culture. State Office for Croats Abroad has co-sponsored the exhibition.

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