Bulgarian traditional costume from Govedartsi (Bulgarian: Говедарци) is a village located in Samokov Municipality, Sofia Province .
Pafti - unique antique Bulgarian Folk Costume women's belt buckle jewelry. Only married women were allowed to wear metal jewelry back in time. Its believed this belt buckle protects women's reproductive organs.
Buckles vary in size from very small to the size of the tile as a coin to such a size 20 to 25 inches in diameter or length. The shape they are oblong, rectangular, round, or characteristic form of palmette with curled up edges. Kind of reminds me of Yin and Yang symbol shape. Typically represent two tiles, one equipped with a hook, and the other - with a link to attach the hook. In some models, the hook is attached to the shield, which in the circumstances buttoned buckles look as composed of three parts. There are also models that are really composed of a number of tiles, joined by hinges.
Due to the large surface area for jewelry processing, such ornaments feature a wide variety of decorative motifs and themes. The most common are compositions "Arabeskovite" and ornaments of flora (flowers, leaves, branches, clusters) and fauna (peacocks, pigeons, two-headed birds, snakes). Additionally, some buckles can see whole scenes from the Bible - Nativity, Annunciation, Resurrection. Implementation is very diverse and relief terms. Buckles are made of wrought copper or another metal, then silver plate or browns. Coloring, gilding is mixed with mercury and certain elements are enameled. Some buckles are further decorated with appliques of pearl, horn or bone, carved stone and glass, and fine filigree processing.
Buckles have a special place in a woman's costume. Traditionally they have been worn only by married women, after they receive them as a gift for engagement or wedding (only married women wear metal jewelry, during girlhood decorations consist mainly of beads). Of jewelry is seen as a means of protection from evil forces, in particular the belt buckles and defending a woman's reproductive organs.
Credit/ Photographer Radostin Kitanov