Rug-making in Stapar

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The craft of making the Stapar kilims, which are, along with the Pirot kilms, the most famous native Serbian rugs was developed in the context of local handicraft activities in the village of Stapar, in Bačka, in northwestern Vojvodina, in the 18th century. The Stapar carpets are usually woven in pairs, on specific wide horizontal looms. Kilims are woven using the tapestry technique, where the weft in one colour covers the warp within an ornament so that there are no visible traces at places where one colour changes into another. As a result, the kilim has two faces, i.e. there is no back side. The distinct feature of the Stapar kilims is prevailingly floral ornamentation, including mainly roses and bouquets or garlands. They are made of white or beige thread, less commonly green, and reach two by two metres in size.

The craft of weaving the Stapar carpets has been preserved by the local community primarily as part of the heritage transferred among the female population of the village of Stapar.

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Stapar, Sombor
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Thursday, March 3, 2016