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Traditional Bulgarian Costumes Male Costumes. Overview Men's costumes are of two major styles: belodreshna (predominantly white), or chernodreshna (predominantly.

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1 Traditional Bulgarian Costumes Male Costumes

2 Overview Men's costumes are of two major styles: belodreshna (predominantly white), or chernodreshna (predominantly black), depending on the colour of the outer garments. These two patterns are not geographically based varieties, but rather two consecutive stages in the development of the male costume.

3 Overview The earliest prototype is assumed to be the one consisting of a long shirt with skirts falling above the white woolen or cotton pants tied at the waist with a waist band or belt. This conservative style was preserved for a long time because it was suitable for the most common occupations - farming and cattle- breeding.

4 Costume Parts The belodreshna men's costume includes: a tunic-like shirt, pants, and outer clothes made of white fabric (thick cloth of homespun wool). The pants appear in two variants: benevretsi (long and narrow, with tightly fitting nogavitsi in the lower part), and dimii (with broad and short legs).

5 Costume Parts The silhouette of the belodreshna costume is produced by the outer garment (kusak, klashnik, dolaktenik, golyama dreha). It is of wedge-like cut and considerable length. Stylistically, it is characterised by the specific linear embroidery motifs and colour braiding lace on the hems of the neck and on the tops of the wedges. An essential element is the waist-band made of richly ornamented fabric, predominantly red, tightly wound around the waist.

6 Costume Parts The emergence of another type of men's costume - chernodreshna - was part of a country-wide trend of men's clothes becoming darker, particularly prominent in the period of the Bulgarian Revival. This tendency was the result of the new social, economic, and cultural context. Beginning from the late 18th century till the middle of the 19th century men's clothes were no longer made of white aba (a kind of woollen cloth). They were instead made of black shayak (woollen textile), the pants and outer garment being of different cuts.

7 Costume Parts The pants, called potouri, are broad, with abundant black braiding decoration. An interesting point is the widespread popular belief that the more folded and pleated the potouri (their bottom in particular), the more well-to-do their owner. The outer clothes (elek, aba, anteriya) are of straight cut and waist length.

8 Bridegroom's wedding costume, village of Chiren, Vratsa region. Middle of the 19th century. Man's wedding costumeq second half of the 19th century, Elin Pelin region.

9 Man's costumeq beginning of the 20th century, village of Brestnik, Plovdiv region Godfather's costume, second half of the 19th century, the village of Osenovlak, Botevgrad region.

10 Man's costume, second half of the 19th century, the village of Byala, Sliven region. Man's costume, beginning of the 20th century, village of Cheshnigirovo, Plovdiv region.

11 Man's summer festive costume, early 20th century, the village of Karnalovo, Petrich region. Costume of bride's young brother-in-law, second half of the 19th century, Sofia region.

12 Carol-singer's costume, end of the 19th century, the village of Pobeda, Dobrich region. Young man's festive costume, end of the 19th century, Samokov region

13 Sources 1. Traditional Bulgarian Costumes and Folk Arts. National Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Compiled by Viara Kovacheva-Kostadinova, Maria Sarafova, Marina Cherkezova, Nadezhda Teneva. Sofia, Ethnographic Museum Plovdiv. Compiled by Anka Radeva, Lora Hristozova, Raina Kableshkova, Sonya Semerdjieva, Angel Yankov, Stoyan Antonov, Valentin Manev. Vion Publishing House, 2004.


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