Exhibition: “Bulgarian Embroidery through the Centuries”

shevici_thumb.jpgThe exhibition, opened on 21 May 2008 in the Lobby of the University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski”, is the first event within the framework of the French-Bulgarian project “The Magic Power of the Bulgarian Embroidery”, joint initiative of Sofia Municipality and the Municipality of the city of Saint Etienne, France. 

shevici_plakat_1.jpgThe exhibition was opened by Assoc. Prof. Mariya Shishinyova – Vice-Rector of Sofia University, Mrs. Anna Angelova – Director of the University Library, Mrs. Yordanka Fandukova - Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Sofia and Engineer Boris Chilev, Director of Old Sofia Municipal Enterprise.
Theme of the exhibition is the Bulgarian embroidery, one of the most original and widely used decorative Bulgarian traditional arts. The exhibition represents historical and ethnographic study of the decoration of Bulgarian clothing in the Middle Ages and the period of Ottoman domination. Main attention is paid to 18th and 19th centuries when stylistic regions were fully formed.
shevici_snimka_2.jpgMain accent in the exhibition is the archive of Acad. Stoyan Romanski, owned by the University Library. It is a unique ethnographic manuscript collection, which contains 396 Master’s theses defended in front of him in the period 1929-1952. The theses represent ethnographic and linguistic studies of individual settlements within the territory of the Bulgarian linguistic territory and Bulgarian villages and towns in present day Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and the European part of Turkey. The exposition includes a number of ethnographic artifacts (belts, lace, sleeves, socks, belt buckles, bracelets, rings and textile), property of Old Sofia Municipal Enterprise (Historical Museum of Sofia), as well as rich multimedia presentation.
The second level of the exhibition shows the most important research (monographs, studies, articles, albums, etc.) on the history, development and regionalization of the Bulgarian embroidery as well as pictures of costumes and embroidery from different parts of Bulgaria and present day Macedonia.

Университетска библиотека "Св. Климент Охридски" 2014