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Tourist Infomation Centre Smolyan
The Momchilovtsi Tourist Information Centre
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Arts & Crafts
Petar Pichurov - a Momchilovtsi
wood carver working on a carving for a Church in Sofia.
also made the sign for the Tourist Information Centre (below)
are a wide variety of crafts to be seen in the village such
as wood carving, bags and woven carpets in bright Rodope
colours, knitted clothing including the traditional Bulgarian
In Bulgaria, when you enter someone's house
it is polite to remove your shoes which will be replaced
with a pair of these hand made knitted or woven slippers.
shopping for souvenirs in Bulgaria, you're sure to run across
lots of fine examples of Bulgarian folk art.
Dolls wearing traditional Bulgarian costumes (Rhodope).
They are either made from cloth or carved
from wood and painted and make wonderful additions to your
personal Eastern European souvenir collection.
The aesthetic principle of
the Bulgarian masters, inherited the traditions of ancient
Thracians, stems from the admiration of nature and is expressed
in the attempt to resemble it. They create art out of any
material - wood and clay, wool and copper, silk and silver.
The desire for beauty that has led them
through the millenia first grew up at home. Applied crafts
have gradually increased and emerged from the narrow domestic
frame and become an art which breeds art. At the end of
the 14th century arts and crafts in Bulgaria amounted to