Noticed the designs are based on monumental medieval tombstones called stećci, found to be from medieval kingdom of Bosnia. Stećci are listed as UNESCO World Heritage List.
In Mostar, the old cobbled street town on the old bridge “Stari Most” is called “Kujundziluk ” which means Smith.
Since medieval times, this area was known as the area to go to when you need metalworking done, for it was full of gold smiths, blacksmiths and red smiths,……
Yep, full of all kinds of smiths, therein the name of the town ….
Just imagine, a weary traveller would ride into that town to get his horse shoe fixed , maidens traipsing into the same said area to have special gold or silver trinkets made………, ladies bargaining over copper crafted pots made by red smiths or you can also refer to them as copper smiths ………
Fortune favors us. 🙂 Today, there is still a shop following precisely the traditional way of copper smithing. Hence, it is a skill recognized by UNESCO World Heritage List as one to be preserved.
Not all copper souvenirs sold on the bridge are made in the traditional style. Many are actually machine pressed and not handcrafted. If you just want a momento to bring home, it is great.
But if you want to take back a piece of history of this country, the one-of-a-kind thing, with all the beauty of a specially handcrafted item. Then, I’ll let you in on this secret! 🙂 ……..