100% Natural Silk Twill Necktie 

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Price: 54 USD

Size: 7,6 cm | 3 in wide

Gift envelope with the story of the scaf is included

Bukuroshja e Durresit

    As a contemporary of Alexander the Great, 
Aristotle and Epicurius, with their aesthetic praising beauty, Bukuroshja e Durrësit would be very happy with our work. We did on the computer what Bukuroshja e Durrësit would have done with cosmetics. Women of her time used cosmetics, dyed their hair, put on jewelry and dresses to look young and beautiful. 

    Who was Bukuroshja e Durrësit back in her time?  It was a time when Durres was called Epidamnos, when descendants of the founders of Epidamnos from Corinth and Corcyra were noted by Aristotle as the builders of this politically advanced society. It looks like they were building not only their society, but also their houses, decorating them with rich mosaics. 

    Was Bukuroshja e Durrësit a hetaera, as were all the models for the marble statues and painted bodies of the Greek goddesses? Greeks didn't pay much attention to the faces of the goddesses, concentrating mostly on the beauty of the body proportions. The Bukuroshja e Durrësit, contrary to this canon, doesn't have much of a body, but her face dominates the whole mosaic and has very individual and sensual features, with erotic charm and self-restraint matching the Greek canon in this part.

      After we finished working on Bukuroshja e Durrësit face, we took care of her garden. We restored every element of the spirals that look like silver bracelets, and few remaining flowers that suggested that there used to be a fantastic garden around  Bukuroshja e Durrësit.  We took pleasure and a challenge to fill the whole field of the scarf Bukuroshja e Durrësit and later the tie Bukuroshja e Durrësit  from Triqita's For Travel Lovers/Gift From Albania Collection, with the lilies, bellflowers, hyacinths, buds and petals that we have restored.  When we finally created a field that looks good and made us feel good, we framed it with our border and retired, knowing that we gave new life to  Bukuroshja e Durrësit - the oldest mosaic of Albania. The Bukuroshja e Durrësit , we believe, wouldn't mind that we transferred her from stone to silk. In her time it would be absolute luxury.

  Our handmade neck tie, Bukuroshja e Durresit (Beauty of Durrës), has all the flowers of the Bukuroshja's "garden". The garden was "planted" in the 3rd century B.C. and survived many natural and man-made disasters. Triqita took care to clean up the garden with the latest inventions of Photoshop, and also filled the holes, which had lost their flowers. Now you may enjoy the elegance of the gray pebble background looking very digital and entwined with white and orange and all shades of gray flowers.   The beautiful face of Bukuroshja is not hiding behind the flowers, but you may easily imagine it, just take a look  at Triqita's scarf Bukuroshja e Durrësit.   We designed the scarf Bukuroshja e Durrësit and the tie Bukuroshja e Durrësit from the world famous, oldest mosaic discovered in Albania. We conveyed the mystery of the ageless face of the Bukuroshja e Durrësit and her everblooming garden in our scarf and in our tie and in the story about Bukuroshja e Durrësit.

     The Bukuroshja e Durrësit is 2400 years old. For her age Bukuroshja e Durrësit looks very well, especially if we consider that she spent most of her life buried deep in the soil. Bukuroshja e Durrësit was discovered 95 years ago in Durrës, lost for 10 years more, discovered again in 1947 and moved in 1982 from the place of her origin to the place of her residence, which is the National Historical Museum of Albania in Tirana.   

    For our purpose, which was to lift the Bukuroshja e Durrësit from the museum floor and to place her on a silk scarf, Bukuroshja e Durrësit definitely needed some significant "make up". We took quite a few photos of Bukuroshja e Durrësit from every angle possible in the poor museum light.  We put them together seamlessly and "filled" every missing pebble on her face. We cleaned a dark stain on Bukuroshja's forehead, made her "skin" white, filled in the black stones contouring her eyes, fixed her hair and  decorative pins in it, put some lipstick on Bukuroshja e Durrësit's  curvy and slightly open lips, added some gold to her necklace and to patches on her dress. 

  

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