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Short Description:A child named Pranvera is presenting a çifteli as a gift from Albania. Below, the artist Eduart Baçe from Albania describes this illustration found in the personalized storybook My Very Own® World Adventure.
Description:“The çifteli (çiftelia, qifteli, Turkish: ‘doubled’ or ‘double stringed’) is a plucked string instrument, with only two strings. It is played mainly by the Gheg people of northern and central Albania and Kosovo. The çifteli is frequently used by Albanians in weddings and at concerts, and to accompany Albanian epics and ballads. The çifteli is commonly used by Turkish folk musicians as well as other modern musicians and is played by Turks at weddings, concerts, bayrams, national events, and other occasions.”

Illustration Information
IllustratorEduart Baçe
Medium:Oil on cardboard
Child’s Name in the Illustration:Pranvera
Gift Presented by the Child:Çifteli
Found in the Personalized BookMy Very Own World Adventure
About the Illustrator:
About the Illustrator: Eduart Baçe
Eduart Baçe (b. 1967, Gjirokastr, Albania), trained as a sculptor at the Tirana Academy of Arts under the old totalitarian regime. Chaos following the fall of the Stalinist state forced Eduart to leave his homeland. He settled in the Netherlands in 1994 and was now able to experiment with a diversity of materials, forms and colours. His traditional way of working developed into a more conceptual and contemporary art form. Eduart Baçe's work has been shown in Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands - as well as the country of his birth, Albania. He paints almost exclusively human figures, portraits and characters. Eduart Bace is a sought-after portraitist. Since January 2010, Eduart has been a qualified Lecturer of Fine Arts in Education, and he gives arts lessons in workshops.
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