Sofia Shopping: 15 Things to Memorize Bulgaria by

Sofia Shopping: 15 Things to Memorize Bulgaria by
Increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years, Bulgaria has opened up to the outer world, revealing colorful identity, manifested in rich craftsmanship, culinary and cultural traditions and history. The country's capital city Sofia is a lovely alloy of Eastern and Western European styles (similarly to Bucharest, Budapest and other regional capitals). If you wish to stay submerged in the Balkan culture a bit longer than your trip, pick up, while still in Sofia, some of the items listed in this article and enjoy your prolonged Bulgarian adventure!

1. Ethnic Garments

The traditional Sofian garment - "litak" - consists of a few elements, the most beautiful of which is a shirt. The long shirt comes in two different fashions and is the basic element of the costume of a Bulgarian woman, regardless of her ethnic group. The most popular design is the straight shirt (poncho), ankle-long with loose sleeves and rich in embroidery.
In terms of types and applied terminology, women’s costumes are much richer than men’s, and the reason for that is found in the Bulgarian folklore and cultural traditions. One of them implies that a woman’s hair must be plaited and tidied. An old Bulgarian superstition suggests that the devil hides in a woman’s hair, hence it must be plaited.
It was once considered that only mythical wood nymphs could wear shirts, all white and with loose hair. This cultural mythologema elevated decoration of a Bulgarian woman's costume to the level ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Sofia Shopping: 15 Things to Memorize Bulgaria by
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Sofia
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Ethnographic Museum of Sofia   The White Stork souvenir shop   The Center of Folk Arts and Crafts   Balkanfolk Atelier   The Mall of Sofia  
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Sofia Shopping: 15 Things To Memorize Bulgaria By

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Increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years, Bulgaria has opened up to the outer world, revealing colorful identity, manifested in rich craftsmanship, culinary and cultural traditions and history. The country's capital city Sofia is a lovely alloy of Eastern and Western European...