|After giving up learning
how to tat, I asked Kolka why she comes to the market with her lace.
"I'm a pensioner," she said. "It makes me happy, and it also buys
bread." At the end of our chat with Kolka, I bought four embroidered
coasters with tatted edges for seven leva. Frusetta bought two cup
holders and a doily for six. Our purchases totaled about seven percent
of the average Bulgarian's monthly income. She gently placed our purchases
into orange plastic bags, firmly shook our hands and invited us to
come back soon.