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Bulgaria: Roma Bride Market

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Kalaidzhii Women --For a Story by Matthew Brunwasser -Female Factor series- on nomadic Tinkerers of Thrace .[Caption : ]Mogila, Bulgaria, Kalaidzhii (240 km east of Sofia) March 12, 2010. Dori Vasileva, 20, applies makeup in preparation for the bride market, part of the annual St. Todor's Day meeting of the Kalaidzhii, a subset of the Roma people. Light skinned and blue-eyed women are prized by the Kalaidzhii who are required by tradition to marry within their caste. .[Credit:] //// JODI HILTON for the International Herald Tribune