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Yarn Preparation Before Weaving

Traditional Textile Crafts Demonstration – How Yarn Winders Work

Traditional Textile Crafts of Romania – Doing Yarn Preparation Before Weaving With Yarn Winders and Spinners How often we see primitive yarn winders in use? Thinking back a few years, when watching these antique...
Threading The Heddles

Traditional Weaver from Romania Loom Warping The Old Fashioned Way

Traditional Weaver Aurelia Cârdei Loom Warping Narrow Warp Faced Bands A few days back, I wrote about our visit at traditional weaver Aurelia Cârdei, who was happy to show us how setting up a...
Floor Loom Parts and Accessories Heddles

Setting Up a Loom for Weaving: Assembling the Parts

Setting Up a Loom for Weaving: Assembling Floor Loom Parts and Accessories In the video above, Romanian artisan Aurelia Cârdei is setting up her loom for weaving. We met Aurelia the week before Christmas,...
Spoon Carving Demonstration

Spoon Carving Wooden Spoons and Ladles

Romanian Wood Craftsman Demonstrates Traditional Spoon Carving You can tell so much about a person by the way he builds his fence. Tall fences, stone walls indicate a need for privacy, while a short...
Wooden Wheel Making Process

Wooden Wheel Making by Hand: Traditional Craft of a Cartwheel

Wheelwright From Romanian Village of Straja Explains Wooden Wheel Making Process Curious to know a wooden wheel making process? My compliments, if you plan to hand craft one by yourself. I never thought that...
Romanian Traditional Craftsmen

Leather Artisans (Skinners) – Old Time Romanian Traditional Craftsmen

Most Important Traditional Craftsmen in the Romanian Villages: Leather Artisans (Skinners) Leather artisans’ work involved many processes of great complexity. To start with, the leather craftsman would tan the pelts and hides, an extremely tough...
Hand Weaving Romanian Traditional Floral Pattern

Hand Weaving Demonstration of Romanian Traditional Waist Belt

81-YO Textile Artisan Jacotă Maria Hand Weaving a Romanian Traditional Floral Pattern What I love about rural people is their friendly nature. They are happy to receive visitors. No matter how busy they are,...
Traditional Loom Weaving in Romanian Village of Straja Bucovina

Traditional Loom Weaving in the Romanian Village of Straja, Bucovina

Romanian Fiber Artist Morar Maria Demonstrates Traditional Loom Weaving a Square Black and White Pattern Peasant Bag Specific to the Village of Straja, Bucovina While visiting the village of Straja, Bucovina, we could observe...
Beaded Embroidery Patterns on Romanian Peasant Blouses

50 Beaded Embroidery Patterns on Romanian Peasant Blouses

Intricate handmade beaded embroidery patterns on Romanian peasant blouses from the regions of Bucovina and Oltenia found on very old textiles of Romania, featuring floral designs. The blouses with bead embroidery embellished with such generosity were worn...
Hemp Processing for Fiber Heckling

Hemp Processing for Fiber – Traditional Methods in Romanian Villages

A peasant’s existence was based on linen, cotton and hemp processing. Women were trained into traditional fiber arts since childhood. Hemp fiber was often used to make towels, peasant blouses for men and women, tight...
Cliff Carving in Romanian Mountains of Bucovina

Stone Carving Ancient Faces into Cliff

Polish Sculptor Bolek Maierik Stone Carving Ancient Faces into Cliff After we learned his wood carving tips and secrets, we went on a hike on top of Pleșa hill, where Bolek Maierik carved ancient...
Wood Artisan Bolek Maierik Wood Carving Figures

Wood Carving Tips and Secrets From Polish Artisan Bolek Maierik

Wood Artisan Bolek Maierik Wood Carving Figures and Pierced Relief Sculptures Bolek Maierik is a Polish stone carver and wood artisan living in Pleșa, Bucovina, a north Romanian village, mainly inhabited by Polish people. After four...
Romanian Traditional Craftsmen Constantin Juravle from village of Straja

Romanian Traditional Craftsmen to Stage a Couture Collection

Skinner Constantin Juravle Took Romanian Traditional Crafts on Paris Catwalk In 2011, a Romanian peasant stepped up on the catwalk. He didn’t read any fashion magazine, doesn’t have any degree in fashion. He didn’t chase any couture...
Romanian Traditional Folk Apron Specific to Villages of Bucovina

Textile Artisan Traditional Loom Weaving With Multiple Shuttles

Rural Textile Artisan Loom Weaving Horizontal Stripes Pattern with Multiple Shuttles In the region of Bucovina, North Romania, the folk apron is a straight piece of cloth, woven on a loom, wrapped around the waist...
Traditional Craftsmanship of Romanian Lambskin Vests

The Craftsmanship of Romanian Lambskin Vests

The Traditional Craftsmanship of Romanian Sheepskin Coats The traditional craftsmanship of Romanian lambskin vests goes back to ancient times, since sheep fur, pelts and hide clothing have been handcrafted in this predominantly pastoral country....
Green Wood Carving a Traditional Wooden Mask

Wood Artisan Carving Folk Art Inspired Masks and Figures

Wood Artisan Carving a Wooden Spirit from a Branch Toader Ignătescu is a well known Romanian wood artisan, carving masks and figures. He was born on the 4th of february, 1957 in Comănești, Suceava...