This year’s weavers’ colonies were organized in Pirot and Sombor, within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement for the preservation of kilims from Pirot and Stapar. Colony is organized by Ethno Network and local crafts association “Damsko srce” from Pirot, supported by NALED and the Embassies of Australia and the United States of America. Importance of heritage preservation was emphasized by numerous diplomats who attended at the colony – Ambassador of Australia, Julia Finney, Ambassador of Israel, Alona Fisher Kamm, Ambassador of Indonesia, Harry Kandu, Ambassador of Belgium, Leo D’Aes, and the spouses of Ambassadors of Belgium, USA and EU delegation to Serbia.
„I am pleased that the number of weavers in the colony and in the cities like Pirot and Sombor is growing year by year, supporting the activities of Ethno Network and NALED and efforts to support the economic empowerment of women such as the “1000 Women Initiative”. I am particularly happy that when I leave Serbia, I will bring with me part of my collection of kilims from Pirot and Stapar” said Australia’s Ambassador, Julia Finney“.
As children and youth are key precondition for the preservation of cultural heritage, this year, an art competition was organized alongside the colony for all pupils from high school and kindergartens. More than two hundred pupils participated. Awards for the little keepers of tradition were given to the top eight.
The ambassadors and numerous guests of the colony had the sightseeing of the Stara Planina, visited the St. Peter and Paul’s Church in the village of Rsovci. Within the colony, foreign diplomats emphasized the importance of preserving cultural heritage as an important part of our identity, through the promotion of kilims from Pirot and Stapar