The unique village of Odrintsi

Odrintsi is a village almost abandoned. It is home to about five Bulgarians, twenty-two Germans and two Africans (2020). The Germans, who settled here a few years ago, are recovering some of the sericultural houses, so you can still detect signs of human activity.

The sericulture in the “Byala Reka” valley began flourishing at the beginning of the 20th century. The favourable combination of Mediterranean climate and fertile soils provided excellent conditions for the growth of mulberry trees used to feed silkworms.

It would be an excellent idea to visit these villages because of the unique three-story silkworm houses. Nowadays, most of them are abandoned, but still very well preserved. The ground floor was adapted for the domestic animals, the family occupied the second floor, and the third floor was dedicated to the cultivation of silkworm. After 1985-1986, the sericulture in the area died.

Today, the large houses look like an open-air museum, desolate witnesses of the past. It’s hard to imagine that this was a village with over 200 houses full of men, women and children. There was even a school there.

The village is truly unique. If you travel in the region, you definitely should spend a few hours walking the cobbled alleys of this forgotten but somehow majestic place.

“The silkworms are fed with mulberry leaves, and after the fourth moult, they climb a twig placed near them and spin their silken cocoons. The silk is a continuous filament comprising fibroin protein, secreted from two salivary glands in each worm’s head, and a gum called sericin, which cements the filaments. The sericin is removed by placing the cocoons in hot water, which frees the silk filaments and readies them for reeling. This is known as the degumming process. The immersion in hot water also kills the silkmoth pupa”. [wikipedia]

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View of a big ruined sericulture house, typical for the region of Byala River Valley in Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

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