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Traditions

Carpet Weaving In Romania

Carpet Weaving With Repurposed Yarn

Ms. Maria is sitting on the loom in an open barn in the front yard, enjoying the fresh spring air. It is a small wood barn protected alike from the sun, draughts and rain...
Vladimir Andrei Weaving Workshop in Romania

Meeting Vladimir After 3 Years – The Young Millennial Keeping Alive a Vanishing Profession

Do you remember Andrei  Vladimir, the young millennial loom weaving, spinning and performing heritage textile crafts with a passionate commitment like you rarely find today? Back in 2017, after reading articles about him, we...
Fermented Whole Cabbage

Fermented Whole Cabbage in Romanian Pickle Town Milișăuți

The small town of Milișăuți is known as the “motherland” of sauerkraut in Romania Located on the banks of Suceava River, in the historical region of Bucovina, Milișăuți is unique in Romania. This small...
Canned Vegetable Spread Zacusca

Canned Vegetable Spread Romanian Local Home-Cooked Zacusca

Autumn comes to the Romanian countryside with a wide assortment of fresh vegetables. When it starts getting dark in the afternoon and autumn leaves start to fall, there’s a distinct chill of grilled eggplant and...
Making Artisan Cheese

Making Artisan Cheese in Charming Romanian Seaside Village

56-YO Ursache Gheorghe Living a Self – Sufficient Homesteading Life in Dobrogea Wanderers  over the Romanian seaside here and there come across beautiful small villages with low-roofed cottages of grey stone, weather-worn, and fenced...
Cattail Basket Weaving Florica Arion

Cattail Basket Weaving In the Romanian Danube Villages

The moment I saw Ms. Florica Arion’s handicraft, my interest in cattail basket weaving was piqued, so much in fact that I had to travel to Southeast Romania to meet the lady in person....
Traditional Wooden Clogs

Incredible Wooden Clogs On Trend Just a Few Decades Back

Today, being surrounded by technological evolutions which encompass every aspect of our life, it is hard to believe that only a few generations back we had a world without computers, no wireless and phone....
Weaver-Manipulated Lace Weaves

Awe-Striking Weaver-Manipulated Lace Weaves Are Incredibly Meticulous

The Romanian blouse: an apparently simple clothing item packed with history and hard work. Not only do the Romanian blouse have a storied past, but they are also making fashion waves in the present....
Preserving Pickles Without Adding Preservatives

Old Style of Preserving Pickles Without Adding Preservatives

Pickles are a crave-able bite of briny deliciousness and have been people’s traditional favorite for a very long time. Besides being the perfect companion to eggs, burgers, sandwiches, pickles are packed with probiotics with...
Weaving Techniques from Bucovina Hand Picking Alesături

Weaving Techniques from Bucovina: Hand Picking Alesături

„In our fast moving world, less and less people have the patience to sit and create something with their hands”, says Floarea Solovăstru, while weaving on her floor loom. She is planning to weave...
Winding a Warp on Warping Mill for Rug Weaving

Winding a Warp on Warping Mill for Wool Rug Weaving

Separated by a fence from the rest of the yard, where Lucia sat sewing peasant blouses, is a garden where she keeps a small flock of chicken. We pass through a sagging wooden gate between the chicken running around the garden,...
Romanian Folk Art Village Sâmbăta de Sus Transylvania

Romanian Folk Art in the Village of Sâmbăta de Sus, Transylvania

Varying from region to region, or even from one village to another, you will never discover all the same traditional Romanian costumes when you ramble in the countryside. For instance, the costumes encountered in...
Blacksmith Making a Horse Shoe

Village of Viscri –Blacksmith Forges Metal Objects Out of Junk

Visiting The Romanian Village of Viscri – Where Prince Charles Often Retreats The village of Viscri is nestled between the hills 43 km southeast of Sighișoara. From the main Brașov – Sighișoara road (E60),...
Artisanal Bread Baking Crusty Country Style Székely Battered Boule

Artisanal Bread Baking – Crusty Country Style Székely Battered Boule

The morning mist begins to dissipate as the sun warms the air at the foothills of the Făgăraș Mountains. This is the village of Drăguș, a community with ties to the past. On the...
tradition bearers and practitioners in Romanian villages

Chasing Tradition Bearers and Practitioners in Romanian Villages

“It’s been a few years now since they roam the Romanian villages in search of rare authentic tradition bearers and practitioners, in a rural world where heritage crafts were cast away, being in danger...
Traditional Romanian Coat Maker UNESCO Living Human Treasure Dumitru Sofonea

Traditional Romanian Coat Maker Is a Living Human Treasure

Traditional Romanian Coat Maker Dumitru Sofonea Entitled UNESCO’s Living Human Treasure The village of Drăguș had plenty of surprises in store for us. From amazing weaving art experience, then off to meet the traditional...