Pärlblommor/Bead Craft

För hundra år sedan förekom minnesblommor av venetianska eller böhmiska pärlor i stora delar av Europa. Faktiskt ända upp till oss i norr.   Pärlarbete är ett konsthantverk med lång europeisk tradition. Ragnar Levi, vetenskapsjournalist och författare, har lyft fram hantverket genom att fördjupa sig i dess historia och bygga upp en unik samling av pärlblommor från 1800-talet till idag.

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In Venice in the 16th century, middle class and poor women made bead flowers for churches, banquet tables and parade floats. There are accounts that someone could walk down the streets of Venice and see women sitting outside every door, making ornaments out of wire and tiny glass beads. At one time Venice was a center for the actual production of beads. And according to one source, at one point all the beadmaking activity in Venice was moved onto the island of Murano. Murano glass vases and other items are still treasured today.

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