вторник, 1 юли 2014 г.

My Country Blog Hop - Bulgaria / Сътворено в България

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I was born and live in beautiful Bulgaria. I am half Bulgarian and half Greek. I love my country and also love traveling and discovering other beautiful places in the world. So when I came across Nanmade My Country Blog Hop, where the participants make something to represent their country, there is a reveal date and then everybody starts hopping, I signed up right away. The history of Bulgaria dates back to 681 A.D., when the First Bulgarian Kingdom was established ; the area has been inhabited since Paleolithic times; Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs and Proto-Bulgarians have left their impact on our historical and cultural heritage. I can't pack everything in one post, so just this - Bulgaria is known for its sea and ski resorts, many historical places, ancient golden treasures, including the oldest on earth - 6000 years (here is a link to a related article in the National Geographic, you have to have an account to log in and read it). And if you play the video at the end of this post, you will listen to the Bulgarian folk song, included in the golden music record on board of Voyager. Imagine the sound of this voice in space!
Включих се в едно интереснo предизвикателство: участниците изработват и на определена дата публикуват нещо, което представя страната им и посещават блоговете на другите участници. Родена съм и живея в красива България, наполовина съм българка и наполовина - гъркиня, обичам страната си, но също така обичам да пътувам и откривам и други красиви места. Не мога да разкажа всичко в една публикация, ще спомена само няколко неща - България е известна с морските и ски курортите си, многото исторически забележителности, древни съкровища, вкл. най-старото златно съкровище на земята - на 6000 години. И нека не забравяме, че една българска народна песен е включена в музикалното земно послание, записано на златна плоча и изпратено в космоса със совалката Воиджър. Видеото е в края на публикацията - само си представете как би звучал гласът на Валя Балканска в космоса.

The Old Town in Plovdiv / Старият Пловдив

(The link is also the picture source / Връзката е и източник на снимката)

Traditional clothing - just a bit of the enormous diversity of styles and colors - source
Народни носии - една много малка част от огромното разнообразие на стилове и цветове - източник


I made a necklace and included some traditional elements:
- I made the focal from a decorative ribbon and sewed some seed beads and gold tone spacers on it in a random pattern - it turns out, traditional Bulgarian embroidery is never symmetrical because of the belief  that symmetry is devil's work;
- I used gold tone coins - genuine gold coins are often part of the traditional Bulgarian jewelry;
- I mixed gold tone findings with copper color wire - I think it looks good :)
- I used red and black as my main colors because they are found in almost all styles and designs of traditional clothing.

Реших да импровизирам с гердан, в който да има нещичко от българските носии с техните шевици, бродерии и пендари. Спрях се на съчетанието червено, черно, злато и мед.



 










And here you will find the reveal post of the hostess Nan Smith and the links to the other participants.
А тук ще намерите и другите участници.


32 коментара:

  1. Beautiful necklace. the colors are rich and wonderful. I had no idea there were so many beach resorts in Bulgaria. Or that I really need to work on my asymmetrical designs to avoid doing the devil's work with all that symmetry. :)

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    1. Thank you, Tammy! Bulgaria is a small country but 200 km of the 345 km Black sea coast line are sand beaches :)

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    2. And I forgot to comment on your "issues" with asymmetry - it's all about the devil being very good at his work :)

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  2. beautiful necklace. Love the gold coins. I bet this piece has wonderful movement when worn.
    love the black and red , so bold so vibrant.

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  3. I love your necklace with the combination of fabric, beads and gold coins. It has a traditional feel to it but also a modern vibe. The best of both worlds. Much like Bulgaria with the sea and ski resorts. It looks like a beautiful country with so much history....love the old town architecture. thanks for taking part and sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Nan! Great idea for a blog hop - like everybody else, I'm looking forward to the next one - to tell more about my country, learn more about other countries and be inspired!

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  4. I have always been fascinated by Bulgarian jewelry - so I am a little familiar with the red, black and gold combination and the coins. The concept of symmetry being devil's work is very interesting for I believe the same, its very difficult for me to get both sides to look the same :) Would you be interested in writing a guest post on my blog about traditional Bulgarian jewelry (esp wedding jewelry) sometime?

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    1. I have noticed that you have a professional attitude to what you do and vast knowledge not only in the field of jewelry design. I am an amateur and I will gladly write a post on Bulgarian wedding jewelry but I need to make some serious research before that, including sourcing of pictures & permissions to publish them. I am thinking about some time after October, if this is OK with you.

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  5. Very nice! I love the colors and the richness! Excellent work!

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  6. Very pretty necklace. It is definitely reminiscent of the ethnic clothing. I would like to visit Bulgaria some day.

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    1. And you'll be welcome to visit! Thank you for commenting!

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  7. Here is the url for the article by National Geographic on ancient gold found in Bulgaria:
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2006/12/gold-rush/williams-text

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  8. Лелеее станало е страхотно :) Отначало си помислих че гердана е на някоя твоя баба :))))))))))
    Видях снимки във фейсбука и чак днес намерих време да вляза в блога да прочета :)
    Щях да остана в заблуждение ;)

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    1. Важното е, че ти е харесало и си намерила време да ми го кажеш :) Благодаря!

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  9. The necklace is divine, truly beautiful and I can see it being worn with the lovely traditional dresses of your country. Of course it is also a piece that will look just a beautiful with today's modern fashions. Great creation and a job well done. :)

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  10. Your necklace is so very special... Its folkloristic / traditional and very wearable in 2014 at the same time, and I love it. It will look great with a black dress I think (-: It has something ♥ special ♥ for me...

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    1. Thank you, Dini! I was really aiming at both traditional and modern look :)

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  11. What a wonderful country! I enjoyed all of the details of Bulgaria! I love your necklace, itis really beautiful! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  12. Beautiful textile focal bead!! As a textile artist I so appreciate the work you put into this beautiful piece!!

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    1. Thank you! I checked out your blog - you have some fancy fabric dyeing tutorials there and a lot more :)

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  13. Bairozan, thank you for sharing! I just love learning about other countries & places. I'm going to check out your tutorials. Thanks so much!

    I'm very late on this post because I actually forgot about it. So my post will be up next week. I live in Texas, USA

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    1. I will be on the look out for your post for sure! And thank you :)

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  14. I’m very late commenting, but better late than ever. I had no idea that Bulgaria was such an old nation. It’s amazing that you have two different kinds of resorts: the ski and the beach, one would expect just one type. I love seeing the Bulgarian traditional costumes and your necklace inspired in traditional jewellery but at the same time totally wearable according to nowadays fashion.

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