The National Costumes from Moldova Region
The peasant women’s blouses have ornaments arranged on chest, sleeves and shoulders (altita and incret) in one, two or more colors, with geometric, floral, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic patterns. The blouses worn on the hillside have raw silk embroideries on chest.
A different style, with extremely long sleeves can be found in Vrancea(img 7). They are crafted from a long triangular piece of fabric, and twisted around the arm. Studies about it’s origins have concluded that it might have been borrowed from the 16th-17th century Western European feudal costumes.
A rectangular apron (catrinta) is wrapped around the underskirt and tied with a narrow strap.
The peasant man’s blouse is long, straight, and loose, reaching the knee, held by a woven waist belt (barnet). It is made of flax, hemp, cotton, or a thin, woolen hand spun yarn (in Iasi and Vaslui). One hundred and one winkles (101 creturi) are specific to Vaslui, Iasi and Botosani. They are some long and tight trousers, showing wrinkles below the knee (img 4 5 6). The cowhide leather boots and astrakhan hats make them look taller and slimmer.
Both men and women wear bundite (leather vests) and sumane cu sarad (woolen coats decorated with woolen plaited cords, usually black).
- Peasant women from Galati
- Peasant woman from Roman
- Peasant woman from Roman (2)
- Peasant man from Roman
- Peasant man from Bacau
- Peasant man from Baia
- Peasant woman from Nereju Putna
- Peasant man from Neamt