An exhibition focussing on the art of filigree is currently being held at the foyer of the Ministry of Education and Employment in Floriana.

A number of these ornate works-of-art, which include a clock and even a large Barbie doll clad in a filigree outfit, are on show during the exhibition, which is entitled Il-Filugranu f’Malta (Filigree in Malta) and is being organised by Sterling Jewellers.

Malta’s filigree legacy dates back to the Phoenicians; local artisans gave it their own personal spin, with the most prominent motif probably being the eight-pointed cross.

The exhibition forms part of a series titled L-Alternattiv Mhux Inferjuri (The Alternative is Not Inferior) set up by the Ministry to promote a programme which is being introduced in secondary State schools in September called My Journey: Achieving Through Different Paths. Through this programme, students will be able to study traditional subjects while choosing applied and vocational learning programmes as optionals at Year 9 (formerly Form 3).

Il-Filugranu f’Malta is open at the foyer of the Ministry of Education and Employment from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm until the 31st March 2019. Entrance is free.

Photos: Luke Zerafa

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