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Орнаментално-композиционни решения в българската народна шевица
Ornamental and Compositional Motifs in Bulgarian Folk Embroidery

Author(s): Mirella Decheva
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The main object of the present article is the compositional motifs in Bulgarian folk embroidery regarded as a general characteristic of its ornaments. The analysis is concentrated on the three basic types of compositions known in Bulgarian folk costumes: the ornamental frieze, the mosaic and the single figure or motif. The compositional scheme, the ornaments, the area of spreading and the place on the dress are thoroughly analysed for each type of composition. Every type is described in a large diversity of variants. The conclusion should be drawn that the motifs are a mode of expression of some information (aesthetic, semantic, functional), transmitted through the Bulgarian folk embroidery. Different variants and types of motifs are not located in isolated areas and show some plastical similarity. Their typical features define them as an expression of the artistic wealth of the Bulgarian folk embroidery as a whole, besides all the types of motifs are based on a common compositional norm. The specific character of the Bulgarian folk embroidery could be manifested only through that compositional norm expressed through the typology of the embroidery motifs analysed in the present study.

  • Issue Year: XVI/1990
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 11-19
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian