The video on this page is not sped up—it is in real time. It’s difficult to capture still images because Virginia’s hands are moving so fast. She was talking to us while she was working, only glancing at her work. We had heard about this, from stories or memories of a baka or teta who worked so intuitively that her hands knew the stitches without looking.
Today, it is difficult for a visitor to find much heklanje for sale. There isn’t a viable market among locals since Croatian families typically have their own legacies, with handwork made by mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, tucked away in drawers. Like so many other artisans, Virginia doesn’t sell her work. She showed us magical little stars, gorgeous flowers, and stunning table runners, all lovingly created for her family—she is keeping the traditions alive in her own home.
Thank you, Virginia, for teaching us about your beautiful artwork!