Sveta Nedelja kraluž necklace

A luxurious woven women's necklace, that first appeared in the Sveta Nedelja area in the early 19th century.

The Sveta Nedelja kraluž was a lavish, woven, woman's necklace that appeared in the Sveta Nedelja area in the early 19th century. Since then, it has been a part of the jewellery of the formal women's folk costume. It is worn next to the neck on a white folded lace collar, to further enhance the beauty of its colour and ornamentation. Strings of glass or coral beads on a base of eight strings or strands of horsehair, or today plastic strands, resulted in complex creations.
The kraluž can be made of different colours, and is most often found in the tricolour red, white and blue, or only red and white with ornamental beads. The ends of the kraluž are tied around the neck with a red, satin ribbon.
The distinctiveness of the kraluž is not only in its beaded beauty, but also in that it marks the stage of life of the girl or woman wearing it.
The technique and art of making the Sveta Nedelja kraluž was recently entered into the Register of protected intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia by the Ministry of Culture, making the kraluž a Croatian souvenir, and not just a souvenir of Sveta Nedelja.
Kragulj Association for the conservation of Croatian cultural heritage
Marijana Stilinovića 7, Sveta Nedelja
10431 Sveta Nedelja
Contact person: Iris Otmačić, chairperson
+385 (91) 5417 385