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Едно културно измерение (Човекът и шевицата)
One Cultural Dimension (Man and Embroidery)

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

Summary/Abstract: The author considers the embroidery to be one of the parameters fixing human presence in Bulgarian patriarchal culture. The arrangement of the embroidery on the costume, in which culture is coded, gives corresponding frames to human behaviour. In contrast to the textile decoration the embroidery appears on a later stage of the individual’s life, when he has reached sexual maturity and has stored the experience necessary for the reproduction of culture. In comparison to textile decoration, pointing to one’s family affiliation, the embroidery shows one’s individual existence, where its design follows personality’s socio-cultural “dynamics”. As a first layer of the decorative system of the costume, it is close to man and is one the signs of his cultural identity. The embroidery marks the status of the individual in the community following the basic differential principles in patriarchal culture – regional and according to sex and age. It is richer with the young and with women. The author considers this peculiarity corresponding to their place – near the periphery – in the cultural space.

  • Issue Year: XVIII/1992
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 22-29
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian