Silk towel; a ritual loaf was presented on this personalised gift to the donor: see Comment field. The cream-coloured tabby woven towel has fine regularly spaced stripes in its open tabby woven ground. At one end of the towel is embroidered the donor's name 'Mercia Makdermot', and '11-III-1980g', the day the towel was presented. At the other end is the name of the reading room club where the gift was given: 'Vuzrazhdané Poduyané. The donor advises that 'vuzrazhane' means rebirth or renaissance, and is used to describe the Bulgarian National Revival of the C19th. This text, in Cyrillic script, is embroidered using red silk thread.
At each end of the towel, between the text and the fringes, are two identical bands of embroidered red flowers linked by a meandering branch, worked in red, yellow, green, light blue and brown silk threads. This decoration is bordered by a line of crosses worked in red and white silks.
- Made in: Bulgaria
- Found/Acquired: Sofia
- (Europe,Balkans,Bulgaria,Sofia (region),Sofia)
- Length: 150 centimetres (including fringes)
- Width: 51 centimetres
Inscription Positioneach end of towel
Inscription TransliterationMercia Makdermot; 11 - III - 1980g;
chitalishche Vuzrazhdané Poduyané.
Inscription TranslationMercia MacDemott;
reading room club Vuzrazhdané Poduyané.
Information supplied by the donor: The silk cloth embroidered with my name was given to me at a meeting with readers of my biography of Gotsé Delchev [Freedom or Death, Journeyman Press , 1978] held at the Reading Room Club (chitalishté) in the district of Sofia called Poduyané on 11th March 1980.
Discussions of books, preferably with the author present, were a feature of Bulgarian life. Several members of the Delchv clan, including a daughter of Gotse's brother and a son of his sister, Tina, were present, as well as several former participants in the Macedonian revolutionary movement.
The introductory speech was given by Kosta Tsurnushanov, a writer on Macedonian affairs and a former activist. After I had spoken and answered questions, the organizers and principal guests had supper together, the chief dish being a Bulgarian speciality - a 'banitsa', which is a pastry filled with feta cheese. I was given many presents, including Macedonian embroideries [in the Museum's collection], some embroidered sleeves and a belt from the Sofia region [in the Museum's collection], and a ritual loaf, presented on the embroidered cloth.
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