Monday, October 26, 2015

World Amigurumi Exhibition 2015

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that Pingo will take part in the World Amigurumi Exhibition 2015 held in New York! This year there will be around 130 amigurumi artists from 45 different countries. In order to examine how the amigurumi culture is developing in each area of the world, each artist was required to show a characteristic or feature of their culture with their amigurumi pieces.

I am originally from Bulgaria and I thought it would be interesting to show how a traditional Bulgarian folklore dress will look like when worn by an amigurumi animal :o) The traditional dresses have fabulous features as they are elegantly woven, made in incredible colour combinations and embellished with coins, sequins, beads and silk luster. In the past these traditional costumes were entirely home-made but I should admit, it was quite a challenge for me to create even such a small traditional Bulgarian dress :o)

On the pictures below you can see a traditional Bulgarian folklore costume from Shopp region of Bulgaria, richly decorated with sequins. Emmy bunny is wearing my design for an amigurumi folklore costume :o)

World Amigurumi Exhibition, Pingo - The Pink Penguin

Traditionally the women wear their hair on a single plait, two plaits or many small plaits. The plaits are decorated with hair ornaments made of multicoloured beads, coins, flowers or feathers. A headband is worn over the plaits which is decorated with small gold coins, sequins, feathers...

World Amigurumi Exhibition, Pingo - The Pink Penguin

The woman's belt has tassels. The married women wear the tassels on the right, the unmarried - on the left. If the flower is worn on the right side of the head, this means that the woman is not single, if the flower is on the left - the woman is single.

World Amigurumi Exhibition, Pingo - The Pink Penguin

More information about the World Amigurumi Exhibition you can find at the web page of the Japanese cultural centre in New York here.

I didn't make a pattern for the bunny's folklore dress. The crochet pattern for Emmy Bunny you can find at Pingo's shops Etsy and Ravelry.

Happy Crocheting! :o)

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