…After the writer and fan of the political satire from Zagreb, Luka Kordić, I introduce you to Mirjana Knežević and her skillful hands that are creating handicrafts made of textile materials, especially by the embroidery method, especially those aimed at preserving the cultural heritage and everything that our ancestors were making, in her case from Banja Luka and its surroundings.
KK: What is your name?
MK: Mirjana Knežević…the children of my sister call me aunt Mirijam.
KK: Where do you live?
MK: I live in Banja Luka (a city in northwest part of Bosnia and Herzegovina (part that is called Serbian Republic; I.C.´s addition)).
KK: What do you most like to do, at leisure (as a hobby) or as a job?
MK: I like handicrafts, shawls of tablecloths, dresses and blouses, and bedding. I clothe pillows, knit tablecloths, and do more types of berths. I like ethnic souvenirs and I also tie them up. I have recently worked on the Zmijanje´s embroidery that is characteristic of the village of Zmijanje in the vicinity of Banja Luka. The Zmijanje´s embroidery has been included in the UNESCO´s list.
KK: Since when do you work with this creative hobby / business?
MK: We are a creative family and my children are also engaged in yawning and sewing and I work with love for more than 20 years.
KK: What would you tell your fans about your current and future works?
MK: To my fans I urge to nurture tradition wherever they are. Everywhere handicrafts “paint” or enrich that specific area.
KK: Do you have any useful advice for inexperienced beginners in the activities you are engaged in?
MK: Learn from your grandmothers, keep track of your settlement or birthplace for future generations.
KK: If someone wants to contact you about some advice, questions about your work, where can they get your works (if they are available for sale) … where can they find you?
Skype: Mirjana Knežević
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org