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2-8 Bulgarian Clothing




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This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev radev@tune.cs.columbia.edu with numerous contributions by others.

2-8 Bulgarian Clothing

(by Rossen Zlatev), last updated: 31-Dec-1991
Bulgarian folk clothes are very colorful and nice. Both women and
men wear white shirts with an embroidered bodice and skirts, richly
ornamented as well. The types of folk clothes vary according the region
and some times are very different, as though from different countries. The
clothes are so colorful and pretty that it seems they reflect all
the colors of nature. It is not possible to describe, it can only be
seen.
It is not possible to see people wearing traditional clothes in
the streets, as with kimonos in Japan. Bulgarians wear modern dress,
which are quite the same as anywhere in Europe. But there are a lot of
Folklore schools that study and preserve national traditions - dances,
clothes and folk music. When speaking about folklore clothes it is not
possible not to mention Bulgarian folk dances and music. Mountain
Rodopa, known as a birthplace of Orpheus, is one of the numerous regions
in which traditional folk music can be heard. On the "Voyager" satellite,
sent to another possible civilization, one of the messages included was
a song from this mountain. Maybe the variety of the Bulgarian folk is one
of the explanations of Bulgarian voice magic. A large number of world's
famous opera singers, instrumentalists and choirs have popularized
the power and beauty of Bulgarian performing art.

 

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