Bulgarian history of costume decoration

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  Greek writers say Thracian women, especially those from the Phrygian tribe were famous for their skills in weaving and decorating fabrics made of flax and hemp. (Herodotus)
1st Bulgarian Kingdom Kapanski embroidery of Razgrad considered to be Proto-Bulgar
14th C Portraits in church in village of Kalotino, show embroidery patterns
1493 Portrait at Kremiklovtsi monastery shows motifs similar to those found around Sofia,
15-19th C diaries of travellers refer to the embroideries on Bulgarian costume

In Sofia region ‘women, men and children wore garments and chemises embroidered in silk’…’they wore chemises made of line cloth, but decorated with varied brightly coloured stitching’ (Traveller's account)

1591 ‘The maidens and young matrons of the region around Iihtimanm dressed in white chemises made of thick cloth but decorated along the edges with silks of all coloured (Traveller's account)
Ottoman period to 1878

Bulgarian costumes still decorated while under Ottoman rule



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