Bulgarian Traditional Attire worn by Bulgarian Fashion Blogger Denina Martin

In the last post I showed a recap of the 112th Rose Festival in Kazanlak. Today I continue in the spirit of the festival by dressing up in something rather different – a traditional attire you can barely see anyone wearing nowadays. This folk dress of Bulgaria (in its varieties) has been an essential part of women’s wardrobes in times when there were no shopping malls, hence Internet. It was sewn by hand, and made from natural materials like flax, hemp, wool and cotton. The more embroidery, coins, beads and flowers there were, the more noble it appeared. In fact, these elements and details from Bulgarian folk garment have inspired many world-famous designers. This season in particular Valentino and Isabel Marant took inspiration from Eastern European attire in their collections.

Traditionally, girls would also wear roses in their hair, but I really didn’t want to pick up one of these beautiful flowers just for the sake of vanity. They look better where they are supposed to be – in their natural form.

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The day I dressed in this beautiful dress we stopped by at the Ethnographic complex in the old town in Kazanlak. There we submerged in the atmosphere of living the life of a rose merchant from the past century. Also we went to the Rose Museum, where we learnt so much about rose-picking and rose-production. For instance, it takes more than 1 million flowers to produce 1 kg of rose oil! Can you imagine how much is that?! However, it’s a shame I did not know some of these facts. People from all over the world come to learn more about Bulgaria and the rose culture while we, who have this treasure right beneath our noses, are missing so much of it.

To my international readers: Have you ever heard anything about Bulgarian traditions and folklore?

Love,

Denina ♥

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A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I think that you need to publish more about this subject matter, it might not be
a taboo subject but usually folks don’t speak about these issues.
To the next! Many thanks!!

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I am a big fun of traditional costumes! The one you are wearing is wonderful and looks very similar with some costumes of North Greece.

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i dont understand all this. you no look like gypsy, why you pick rose? what is valuable about rose oil? what is the big deal?

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Rose oil is known not only for its beautiful scent, but also for its numerous health benefits. They are too many to list them, but can be easily found on the Internet. Also, as far as I know, Rosa Damascena can’t be grown everywhere, and it blooms only once a year. Plus, as I said it takes over a million roses to produce 1 kg of rose oil (which by the way costs 8 000 euro!). Many reasons to consider it valuable. :)

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You look gorgeous! The dress is so intricate and pretty.

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Beautiful pictures! You look stunning!
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I love traditions and this dress looks beautiful – such craftsmanship! This is style :) But on you, everything looks good obv – keep up the good work darling!

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There’s so much beauty in this dress <3

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Beautiful pictures, you are so pretty!
Kazanlak seems to be a gorgeous town I’d love to visit one day!

Have a nice weekend:)

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Love this post! You are gorgeous!
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