Bulgarian fabric outer garments - linen, velvet or silk

Eliznik home > Bulgaria > costume > over garments > Fabric outer garments - linen, velvet or silk

In some areas of eastern Thrace and Dobruja men’s sleeveless waistcoats and jackets were made from thinner red checked or striped material. In the north east these were often padded for extra warmth.

From the late 19th century padded black or maroon sleeveless waistcoats made of velvet became popular with women and men in north eastern Bulgaria. These are often decorated with black beads and buttons. The men’s waistcoats fit into the waist, and overlap at the font and button up in the same style as the waistcoats worn with chernodreshnik. The women's ones are slightly flared and reach just below waist level.

In western Bulgaria around Trun men's long white sleeveless jackets, made of woven linen or cotton fabric, and edged with a narrow row of dark braid, are worn with a red sash wound round the waist over the jacket.

In the eastern Rhodopes a waist length long sleeved quilted jacket (anteriya, zaboun, or kaftan) open at the front was introduced relatively recently replacing the ancient klashnitsi and djubeta for wear by women with the saya and one apron costume.. This is usually made of bright coloured material in light yellow, orange, or green. Jackets in this style are also worn by men in eastern Thrace and Dobruja and are made of silk or woollen fabric in bright colours.

In the Maritsa valley and along the Sredna Gora mountains women wear a sleeveless waist length jacket which can be sleeveless, or have short or long sleeves with the saya costume. This is made of hand-woven or manufactured black, dark blue or dark red fabric and is trimmed with linear woollen braids, and decorated with embroidery and leather appliqué.

An ankle length outer garment (djoube) made of thick woollen material which was open down the font and decorated with embroidery or edged with fur was worn. Djoube traditionally worn for weddings in the past with soukman costumes were made from red silk or cotton, had gussets and were decorated with braid and embroidery round the neck, along the gussets and on the sleeve edges. A predominantly red, richly decorated waist band richly was worn wound tightly round waist.


© Eliznik2008, Last updated Jan-08