2 Legendary Blouse Cuttings
The traditional Romanian folk blouse, called “ie”, represent the main piece of the costume, with double meaning:
- the underwear for the lower part of the body;
- an ornamental top. The extensions (underwear) can be found separated, sewn or built-in.
Based on their cutting, these tops are divided into two main groups:
Fabric Cutting Type I – The Tunic or Poncho Style
Represented by the straight cutting blouses, manufactured for men, old women and work blouses . Is the straight blouse made from a single piece of fabric “stan”, with a head hole, covering the back and front body parts, woven on a loom. The head hole has an extension cut in the material.
Straight sleeves are caught at the shoulders and at the armpits with square parts of material of different dimensions “pave”.
Two pieces of material “clini” are added on each side of the fabric, to extend the width of the chest and back.
II Traditional Romanian Blouse Type II – Gathered at the Neck
The sleeves, front and back parts are gathered and pleated at the neck with a string “brezarau”.
The brezarau passes through the material or on a crocheted collar.
Another way of gathering the parts at the neck, is passing with the string through a crocheted collar or lace.
Similar to the first type of blouses, they are caught under arms with “pave”.
The Romanian women’s folk outfit is composed of the traditional blouse and a wrap round skirt, worn especially in cold places.
One front apron, or even two back and front aprons are worn in cooler places, depending on the climate of the areas.