First thing this morning I travelled to meet local artist and traditional costume expert Stavri Cati, in his home studio where he has been working since at least the 1960s (…so long he can’t remember the exact date). Stavri is possibly the only person living today who holds within his mind and studio walls the complex and detailed historical knowledge of traditional folk costume from the eight Gjirokaster sub-regions.
Day 8 of the school started very early in the morning for Nedi and I. We had been asked to appear on national breakfast television on the programme ’7 pa 5′ and had done the 5 hour drive from our day drip on Sunday afternoon up to Tirana in readiness to be bright eyed and bushy tailed at the TV studio on Monday morning! After being plastered with orange face make up they decided I was ready to face the cameras. We were asked questions about the conservation school and the work of Heritage without Borders and Cultural Heritage without Borders. The question that amused me most was ‘Is textile conservation a profession that only women should do?’
We hit a road in a minibus. It was more flying than driving, but nevertheless we reached Seranda safely. This time we had a chance to see Museum of tradition, with ethnological collections, as well as Archaeological Museum.