Crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with one's own hands and skill. These can be sub-divided into handicrafts or "traditional crafts" (doing things the old way) and "the rest". Some crafts have been practised for centuries
In our country the skills in craftsmanship have been handed down during the centuries from father to son and mother to daughter. There were no books for that. The personal dedication was the only means by which the master revealed the secrets of the craft to the apprentice. And this is where part of the mysticism of each craft lies .
Leather products are typical for all cattle-breeding nations. When Bulgarians came to settle down o n the Balkan peninsula they took with them the art of working the leather. Their ever y day life activities depended on things made of leather - their homes, dishes, clothes and many other necessities. Leather Manufacture
The Loom The manufacture of cloths in these lands has very old traditions. The cultural symbiosis between Thracians, Slavs and Bulgarians turned this craft into an art. The ethnic characteristics of each of these nations, as well as the high quality standards set by Byzantium, are grounded in it. Ethnography and folklore pay special attention to the symbols applied in the cloths.
Wood Carving Art carving is one of the oldest decorative applied arts which is remarkable for its ornamental or subject figures on wood, stone, bone, mother-of-pearl, and more. The most popular one in Bulgaria is ornamental wood-carving.
One of the most remarkable phenomena in the history of pottery is the painted pottery of Preslav from the second half of IXth and the beginning of Xth century. Pottery is considered one of the richest parts of the cultural heritage of the Bulgarians. It is a personification of their centuries-long traditions and originality, as well as of their sense of beauty. Pottery
Coppersmith Copper articles production was best developed in Bulgaria in the XIXth century. There were a few coppersmith's centres of a major importance throughout the country.
Bulgarian iconography appeared about a century after Christianity had been officially adopted in Bulgaria, which was about the middle of the IXth century. Bulgarian iconography follows the progress of Bulgarian history, and this leads to quite many possibilities of establishing political, social, cultural and other relations. Bulgarian Iconography
Wine production has always been a mystery in the past. The scientists from the Bulgarian national institute of history found traces of wine over the golden treasure of Panagiurishte which remained covered in a tomb for more than 2000 years.Today Bulgaria is one of the big wine exporters. Wine Production