Brides from Ribnov

In the Bulgarian village in the Rodop Mountains, women get married with a painted face. Three thousand Pomaks, ethnic Slavs, who converted to Islam centuries ago, have consistently preserved this tradition. 18-years-old Kimike is getting married now. The wedding takes two days. Her family must show her entire bridal outfits outside in the street. The time for painting Kimike’s face arrives after dark. This most important tradition is called gelina.

Jana Čavojská

Freelance photographer