Traditional crafts fest in Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
October 8, 2019
During the last weekend of September, there was a traditional crafts fair in Koprivshtitsa. It is organized by the foundation that encourages people to work for the homeless and as I have been knitting for them for many years now, I decided to go and check out the fest and see my friends among the organizers.
Koprivshtitsa is a very small town in Bulgaria (population 2500) , about 70 km away from the capital Sofia. It is nested in the mountains and it is a prime example of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. You can see this type of houses also in Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Melnik, Bansko and probably other towns and cities that I have not yet visited.
The blue house is the home of one of the greatest Bulgarian symbolist poets – Dimcho Debelyanov. For Bulgaria’s symbolism he is the same as Paul Verlain is to the French (according to me :D). If you want to read some poems in English, you can read them here. We study a few of them at school.
Talking about school, we visited to local school museum, one part of which is a classroom from the 19th century, and the other part is some kind of a ethnographic museum.
Some pictures of my kiddo in the old classroom and then some pictures of the ethnographic part.
And finally, let’s go to the traditional crafts fair:)
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