– What are the reasons for specific crafts' extinction?
– Why is there a lack of continuity between generations of masters?
– Is cultural heritage “cool”?
– What are the ways of preserving traditional crafts?
– What is the motivation of the youngest craftsmen?
– What is the relationship between crafts and sustainable living?
– High technology or high skills of the human hand to create?
– Who are the bash masters?
– Why is "handmade" becoming trendy?
– Who prefers "Made in China"?
– How long does it take to create a handcrafted item?

Expect the answers in the fall of 2022

Hristo Totsev, master of dry stone walling
New Masters of Old Crafts


"New Masters of Old Crafts" directs our attention to the work of these living masters, whose crafts are practiced by a very small number of Bulgarians at the moment. These people with unique skills preserve, revive or bring new crafts and make the link between generations, develop and modernize tradition – our "living human treasures". They are in direct dialogue with our cultural heritage, creating, recreating, and presenting Bulgaria’s current identity to the world.

The result of the research will be presented in six documentary photographic series and texts that will take us into the workshops of the selected masters. The content will be available online (in Bulgarian and English) and will be stored in the Etar museum’s archive. Magazine 8 will publish detailed articles on the six participants in six consecutive issues, and the International Michelangelo Foundation will give visibility to the project among its network.

Hristo Marinov, goat hair weaver
Hristo Totsev, mason (dry stone walling)
Kalin Daskalov – Stopan, bookbinder
Petar Paunov, coppersmith
Georgi Todorov – Getz, tobacco pipes
Deyan Denchev, luthier (Bulgarian gadulka)

Rosina Pencheva

Maria Boncheva

Rositsa Bineva

Kostadin Kokalanov

2022 Culture Program, Gabrovo Municipality
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