Charlotte Wales & Chopova Lowena Documents Intricate Costumes Of Bulgaria's Kukeri

In Kukeri, Charlotte Wales travels with Chopova Lowena to Pernik, Bulgaria, to document this year’s festival. Not stopping there, she also shoots the new Chopova Lowena collection on location in Bulgaria and in a London studio, too. ‘Kukeri’, a rhythmic, witty kind of word, is the name of the men dressed up as monsters for Surva, an ancient Bulgarian Winter folk festival. Wearing hand made-masks, embroidered and beaded clothing and heavy belts of bells, the Kukeri dance along the streets to ward away evil spirits. Plus! Surva is about encouraging bountiful harvests and celebrating the coming-of-age of a community’s young men. All in all, it’s an important, centuries-long tradition that has largely paid no need to the shifting sands of time (the costumes are often kept in the family and handed down through generations… Although one thing has changed – in recent times, women have begun to participate in the festival as Kukeri, too). Available at Claire De Rouen for £35.00

ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution

Charlotte Wales & Chopova Lowena Documents Intricate Costumes Of Bulgaria's Kukeri

In Kukeri, Charlotte Wales travels with Chopova Lowena to Pernik, Bulgaria, to document this year’s festival. Not stopping there, she also shoots the new Chopova Lowena collection on location in Bulgaria and in a London studio, too. ‘Kukeri’, a rhythmic, witty kind of word, is the name of the men dressed up as monsters for Surva, an ancient Bulgarian Winter folk festival. Wearing hand made-masks, embroidered and beaded clothing and heavy belts of bells, the Kukeri dance along the streets to ward away evil spirits. Plus! Surva is about encouraging bountiful harvests and celebrating the coming-of-age of a community’s young men. All in all, it’s an important, centuries-long tradition that has largely paid no need to the shifting sands of time (the costumes are often kept in the family and handed down through generations… Although one thing has changed – in recent times, women have begun to participate in the festival as Kukeri, too). Available at Claire De Rouen for £35.00

ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
ND Kukeri Charlotte Wales Chopova Lowena New Distribution
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