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Romanian Glazier Puscalau Vasile Making Stained Glass Windows

Making Stained Glass Windows -Mesmerizing Puzzles of Color and Light

Once essential to the fabric of ancient churches, the stained glass windows feature an array of brilliant colors that gleams with the light of the incoming rays of sun streaming into the building, creating...
Carpenter Making A Wooden Rake

Making a Wooden Rake From Scratch

If you go to Romania, you must be prepared for hard work. The life, however, is healthy, although they have to be at work from early morning till late at night, and engaged in...
Romanian Leather Art Traditional Vests

Stunning Diversity of Romanian Leather Art – Each Village Has Unique Designs

Folk art has been a communication tool for centuries. People used to communicate on a non-verbal level by their dress. In the past, and still in some traditional communities of Romania, when people got together at regional...
Romanian Blouses from Sibiu Transylvania

Romanian Blouses and Costumes from Sibiu, Transylvania

Although in the high-pressure of 21st-century life there seems to the busy to be very little time to spare, still it cannot be denied that embroideries are very much before the public, that new...
Leather Belt Maker Nistor Ana Maria Sighisoara

Leather Belt-Maker Works in Medieval Tower Following Guild Extinction

The old tower clock was just striking five o’clock when we drove through the gates into Sighișoara’s Citadel. A feeling of enchantment swept over me at the sight of this medieval fortified town with...
Rag Rug Weaving Workshop

Meet the Young Men Working to Protect the Dying Art of Weaving

Complete Rag Rug Weaving – From Warping the Loom to Weaving Rugs Clustered around the Arbore church, built in 1502 by Luca Arbore, the village of Arbore is renowned not only for the old...
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...
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....
Shoeing Horses and Making Horseshoes From Scratch

Blacksmith Shoeing Horses and Making Horseshoes From Scratch

In the shade of an old willow tree in Frătăuții Noi commune from Suceava county, an old farriery has endured the test of time. Ranchers stop off to have their horses’ shoes replaced on...
94 Years Old Romanian Furrier Living Human Treasure

94 Years Old Romanian Furrier Is Still Hard at Work

At the age of 94, Romanian furrier Davidean Traian is still hard at work. Strong and sturdy once, now wizened and gray, the old furrier tells us the story of his involvement in coat...
Leather Tanning Process

Leather Tanning Process from Sheepskin to Tanned Pelts and Hides

Life in rural areas of Romania is like nowhere else. The people cling tenaciously to the manners and habits of their ancestors; carying  their love for primitive customs so far that they seem to...
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,...