This, quite frankly, utterly spectacular display of hairy costumes is known as Kukeri. The short version is that it’s a Bulgarian tradition to scare away evil spirits. The long version you can find here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukeri
I’m off to Bulgaria to participate in the design week. Unfortunately kukeri usually takes place in January, so I’ll miss out on that! But I will be doing a workshop with my (fabulous) product designer collaborator Marina Dragomirova, so if you happen to be in the area please do pop in! http://edno.bg/en/one-design-week-2014/open-program/1264
Oh and one of our 3D sketches affectionately goes by the nickname “hairy guy” so I think that ties this post up rather nicely.
These creep the shit out of me. I’m used to monster costumes and grotesque masks, so I think it’s the tall, towering, featureless pillars for heads that hits all of the “NOPE” buttons. It’s more surreal.
Maybe I’m an evil spirit.
The photo with the three small children dressed up is just killing me right now. Part of my brain is convinced that those are their actual bodies and not costumes. XD