Romanian Peasant Costumes from Muntenia
Standing at the crossroads of the commercial routes linking Orient and Occident;
Crossed by the Transylvanian shepherds, who were leading their livestock to winter pastures from the Danube Delta;
In the late 18’th century, Muntenia gains access to craft supplies, such as metallic thread and sequins, beads, cocoon raw silk (borangic).
Raw silk marame shawls are common to the women folk costume from Muntenia.
In lowland areas of Muntenia, the blouses with straight loose sleeves are woven with thin thread and ornamented with silk stripes, due to the common practice of sericulture in the area. Two aprons are worn over the underskirt, a narrow zavelca at the front, and a wide valnic at the back.
A wide pleated skirt (valnic) can be found in Teleorman and Giurgiu.
The wrap around skirt (fota) is worn in the highlands of Muntenia (Arges, Muscel, Bran, Buzau).
Queen Marie showed a great preference for the traditional costumes from Muscel, with dazzling silver and golden ornamented wrap around skirts and heavily embroidered blouses.
1. Peasant woman from Braila
2. Peasant woman from Ialomita
3. Peasant woman from Teleorman
4. Peasant woman from Prahova
5. Peasant woman from Ilfov
6. Peasant woman from Buzau
7. Peasant woman from Muscel (1)
8. Peasant woman from Muscel (2)
9. Peasant woman from Muscel (3)
10. Peasant woman from Muscel (4)
11. Peasant woman from Arges