Romanian Costumes from the region of Muntenia
Standing at the crossroads of the commercial routes linking Orient and Occident, manufactured goods were exchanged for raw materials produced in the region of Muntenia. Because of its geographical position, in the late 18’th century, Muntenia gains access to craft supplies, such as metallic thread and sequins, beads, cocoon raw silk (borangic).
Crossed by the Transylvanian shepherds, who were leading their livestock to winter pastures from the Danube Delta;
Raw silk marame shawls are common to the peasant women’s folk costume from Muntenia.
In lowland areas of Muntenia, the blouses with straight loose sleeves are woven with thin thread and ornamented with silk stripes, due to the common practice of sericulture in the area. Two aprons are worn over the underskirt, a narrow zavelca at the front, and a wide valnic at the back.
A wide pleated skirt (vâlnic) can be found in Teleorman and Giurgiu.
The wrap around skirt (fotă) is worn in the highlands of Muntenia (Argeș, Muscel, Bran, Buzău).
Queen Marie showed a great preference for the Romanian traditional costume from Muscel, with dazzling silver and golden ornamented wrap around skirts and heavily embroidered blouses.
1. Peasant women from Brăila
2. Peasant women from Ialomița
3. Peasant woman from Teleorman
4. Peasant woman from Prahova
5. Peasant woman from Ilfov
6. Peasant woman from Buzău
7. Peasant woman from Muscel (1)
8. Peasant woman from Muscel (2)
9. Peasant woman from Muscel (3)
10. Peasant woman from Muscel (4)
11. Peasant woman from Argeș
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