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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,...
Sewing Peasant Blouses in Romania

Sewing Peasant Blouses in Romania Can Take Up To 3 Weeks

Among many other meaningful activities, such as creating complicated weave structures on her loom and collecting Romanian folk art, traditional artisan Lucia Ciocoiu sits sewing peasant blouses in the garden. Within and without, all...
Complicated Weave Structures Lucia Ciocoiu

Complicated Weave Structures With Shed Sticks and Heddle Rods

In the Romanian village of Sâmbăta de Sus, we had a unique occasion to admire Romanian folk art creations made by textile artisan Lucia Ciocoiu. At the age of 71, after a lifetime in...
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),...
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...
Hand Weaving Traditional Towels With Vibrant Patterns

Weaving Art Thrives in This Village Thanks to Dedicated Artisans

In Romanian Village of Drăguș Textile Weaving Art is a Labor of Love for These Busy Bees Throughout every settlement of Transylvania, whether cities or villages, strong German architectural influences are visible. The structure...
Weaving in the Village of Drăguș Transylvania

Weaving Complex Patterns in Village of Drăguș, Transylvania

With snow covered mountain peaks on the horizon, the village of Drăguș, one of the most beautiful villages in Romania, has a well-known community of skilled craft workers, many more than it’s neighboring villages...
Bead Embroidery Work on Romanian Peasant Blouses

Heavy Bead Embroidery Work on Romanian Peasant Blouses

Heavy Bead Embroidery Work on Romanian Peasant Blouses Traditional clothing didn’t go out of style in the region of Bucovina. The resurgence of village social events is fuelling the demand for unique costumes. In...
Making Straw Hats Milliner Hatmaking

Making Straw Hats: Milliner Demonstrates Traditional Hatmaking

The Art of Making Straw Hats in Maramures It’s a  hot summer day in the village of Sârbi, Maramureș. There is little movement on the streets. Life is still. On these days people are...
Impossible Bottle Wood Carving Puzzles

Wood Carving Puzzles in Impossible Bottle – Maramures Artisanal Crafts

Wood Carving a Wooden Yarn Swift in Impossible Bottle The first rays of sunrise burst through the morning haze. The village is still immersed in fog, the only thing visible over the thin veil is an...
Traditional Wooden Gates Carving in Maramureș

Making of Traditional Wooden Gates in The Land of Wood

When it comes to visiting Maramureș, many travelers fantasize about walking along the massive carved gates beautifully aligned on the alleys. Traditional wooden gates are often found at the entrance to towns and other...