Bosanski Petrovac

"Budilo" represents a type of acoustic jewellry that with its clatter contributes to keeping of the rhythm in these regions where kolo, (Serbian folk dance) is performed without instruments. Craftsmen made it with casting, forging, filigreeing, most often silver, brass and their alloys. They were mostly in the shape of a ball or a bell. In another version, they used to have chainlets with various metal pendants hung on the alums on the lower hem. Besides its decorative role, budilo, as well as the other types of metal jewellry of Dinaric regions, had magic, apotropeic role, too. Serbian people believed that one can protect themselves from evil forces and demons by making noise, so that a girl, even with a clatter of her jewellry when walking, was in a way protected from supernatural forces.

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