How is the Traditional Beaded Blouse Made in the Romanian Villages
The Romanian peasant women were spending the cold winter days at home, sewing their clothes. Each one of them had a single goal: to be the most beautiful girl at the Easter prom. Protecting their work, they were not showing THE BLOUSE to anyone, for the fear of their original pattern being stolen. These remarkable beads embroidered blouses came out of the peasant’s vanity. Months of work were invested in designing such a blouse, feelings and the hope to find their soul mate.
Floarea Ilitoi from Bukowina has been sewing Romanian traditional blouses since she was seven years old. When she was a teenager, she took folk art classes. All life she has been spinning, sewing, crocheting.
We find her stealthily embroidering in the back of her store.
She’s stitching colorful beads on the puckered cuff, called “pielea gainii / literary translates to chicken skin”:
How It’s Made The Traditional Beaded Blouse
- She comes up with the beaded patterns and draws them on paper.
- The flax or cotton canvas is woven on a loom, then cut and embroidered with beads, cotton, mouline, silk or painted wool.
- The richness of colors in wonderful floral patterns concentrates especially on the sleeves and chest. The shapes and colors are then combined in harmony. Every blouse that she makes is unique.
- Then, the parts are sewn together manually with the needle or beautiful crochet stitches. For the blouse to be even more special, the neck contours or cuffs are embroidered with point lace.
This diligent woman has been sewing hundreds of blouses that she cares so much about. In a future post, we will take a tour of her impressive personal collection of traditional embroidered blouses and costumes.