I am currently in Sofia, Bulgaria, visiting family and working on various projects through early February, 2009. One of my favorite places to visit in the city center is the National Ethnographic Museum, which houses a vast collection of traditional costumes and folkloric objects. The Thracian costumes pictured here are not from the museum specifically, but I thought that they were particularly apropos for the holidays that are upon us. The rich layering and apron motif abounds in traditional dress, and other adornment is undeniably nature-based. This is already a magical holiday season and a brilliant segue to 2009.