Bulgarian Folk Arts an Crafts: Trimmings and Jewellery
  Belts and Belt Buckles /Pafti/
 

Belt - 18-19th century, the town of Dedeagach

 

Belt buckle - 19th century, West Bulgaria

 

Round belt buckle, filigreed - 19th century, Panagiurishte

 

Belt buckle, wrought and founded, encrusted with mother-of-pearl - 19th century, Plovdiv

 

Round belt buckle, filigreed - 19th century, Panagiurishte

 

Belt buckle, filigreed - 19th century, Plovdiv

 

 

Belt buckle encrusted with mother-of-pearl, filigreed - 19th century, Plovdiv

 

 

 

 

Pafti (belt buckles) are a typical Bulgarian adornment, round or oval, cast or wrought, mainly with floral ornamentation, but sometimes with mother-of-pearl appliqus of Jerusalem plates engraved with iconographic scenes.

 

 

 

Belts (filigreed,, wrought and founded) - 19th century, Plovdiv

 

Belt buckle - early 19th century, the town of Karlovo

 

 

Belt buckle, 19th century, Plovdiv

 

Belt buckle, late 19th century, Ivaylovgrad

 

Belt buckles, late 19th century, Ivaylovgrad

 

 

Belt buckle, 1878, Svirachi

 

 

 

Sources:

1. Traditional Bulgarian Costumes and Folk Arts. National Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Compiled by Viara Kovacheva-Kostadinova, Maria Sarafova, Marina Cherkezova, Nadezhda Teneva. Sofia, 1994.

2. Ethnographic Museum Plovdiv. Compiled by Anka Radeva, Lora Hristozova, Raina Kableshkova, Sonya Semerdjieva, Angel Yankov, Stoyan Antonov, Valentin Manev. Vion Publishing House, 2004.