YUGOSLAVIA

YUGOSLAVIA / ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА / JUGOSLAVIA



YUGOSLAVIA / ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА The starting point of my inspiration was monument “Tjentiste” in Sutjeska, Bosna I Hercegovina. When I was the age of 7 I saw this monument and was totally impressed, look powerful to me, strong but at the same time remind me on wings and sounds to me, freedom. At the beginning of my research, I start developing shapes based on the monument structure. Cutting parts of monuments and attach them on a body to get the shape. After I developed some new shapes I simplify the monument with geometric lines which are following monument shapes and got pattern cuts for my clothes. 
I decide to go deeply to research about the dedication of the monument. I learned that monument was dedicated to all Partisans during WWII (1941 – 1945). Partisans at the beginning were a freelance non-government force, they have never attacked just defending their areas attacked by enemies. The main symbol of recognition was the red star with five edges, so I decide on previously developed shapes and cuts to include red color as the main color of the collection. 
 The Partisans were anonymous people who defended their places with the bare hands. My grandmother told me “Partisans” had never revealed their identity, they never talked about who was involved in the defense. When they finish “the job”, they'll be back home. Since there were no organized military units, they often wore their clothes. Because they didn’t have the uniform, they hand stitching attached pockets and bags, so that they could bring food, water, knives or weapons that they made by themselves. 

After I learned that they needed many pockets to survive I decide to attach (on previously developed designs) many small bags inspired by regular force pockets but in monument shapes. When you in person saw the monument, woods in the background totally reminds on camo effect or small clouds around the monument that’s the reason why I decide to use cloudy lace. Eco Leather is here because at that time people were able to use a lot of leather and wool because they produce it for food and later used animal skin or wool for clothes. A lot of Partisans were women, Partisans doesn’t mean any gender, nationality or any other parameter. Partisans were Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Macedonian and other Balkans, better say all Yugoslavian. 
The Yugoslav Partisans or the National Liberation Army (officially the National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia), was Europe's most effective anti-Nazi resistance movement. It was led by the Communist Party of Yugoslavia during World War II. Its commander was Marshal Josip Broz Tito. They were a leading force in the liberation of their country during the People's Liberation War of Yugoslavia.
By late 1944, the total forces of the Partisans numbered 650,000 men and women organized in four field armies and 52 divisions, which engaged in conventional warfare. By April 1945, the Partisans numbered over 800,000. Shortly before the end of the war, in March 1945, all resistance forces were reorganized into the regular armed force of Yugoslavia and renamed Yugoslav Army. Yugoslavia left (except painful memories) brilliant architecture to all the former republics. Many of these monuments are futuristic even though they were made in the 20th century.

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