Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Romanian traditional blouse seen around the world

Romanian Traditional Blouse is called “ie” and is a representative piece of Romanian folklore.  The blouse was a source of inspiration for famous fashion designers worldwide such as Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent  who based their collections on traditional Romanian motifs. French designer Philippe Guilet launched in 2011 a whole haute-couture collection inspired from Romanian costumes, being helped by Romanian handicraftsmen.

During 20th Century, the famous French painter, Henri Matisse, created important series of paintings which portrayed women in Romanian blouses.

Every part of the ie, from the fabric itself to the intricate embroideries on the chest and sleeves, is entirely hand-made, and the design hasn’t changed for hundreds of years.

Famous actresses and singers also wear the Romanian blouse. Among them, Hally Berry, Nicole Kidman, Adele.

Queen Marie of Romania, nephew of Queen Victoria of England and of Alexander II of Russia , who was a very beautiful and well dressed lady of her times, gave up her modern and expensive clothes once she came in Romania and chose  to wear only the Romanian traditional costume.

attends a photocall for "Youth" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015 in Cannes, France. 11678
346_049fb2a1954d253a5d59c58149d56c8d 1458485_420468574743313_63878860_n
06221612328594285 artisti-populari-expun-la-Ierusalim-2
fi-02 f8b9ec2cac63642e4d4ed18f0d0b1e8c
IaRomaneasca florin_belea_2013-08-01_7528
ia-romaneasca-o-afacere-de-succes-cum-a-transformat-cristiana-hutter-pasiunea-bunicii-sale-pentru-cusut_5 ia-romaneasca-purtata-de-celebritati
ie-romanesti ia-traditionala_3
maxresdefault Marian-Lungu-comuna-Sanduleni-judetul-Bacau
Regina Maria a Romaniei imbracata in ie costum popular si flori de mar Momarlanii-6
s560x316_ie-romaneasca-traditionala ysl2

A day in BREB, MARAMURES – “the last truly peasant culture in Europe”.

Breb is a small village in the Maramures region of Romania which sits between the Transylvania region and the Ukrainian border very close to the north.
People here are almost entirely self-sufficient. If the world was struck by disaster, if the oil ran out and people rioted everywhere, this would be the place to be…..the Breb villagers could go on with their lives with almost no interruption to normal routine.
Traditions are kept alive. There are a lot of old wooden houses. The people walk about in traditional clothing, they all go to church on a Sunday and most still milk their cows each morning.Most families own a couple of cows which they use for milk and cream . They also keep pigs for meat and chickens for eggs.Amongst all that they grow tomatoes, peppers, onions, all sorts of veggies and fields of potatoes too.

                   DSC5237 26-orthodox-easter-traditional-maramures
071120151560 071120151561
071120151564 071120151563
950x400xbreb-horses-hay.jpg.pagespeed.ic.01BaQN_iR- 061012051001-thumbnail_DSC_5563--640x428-
071120151581 071120151568
071120151583 071120151582
071120151585 071120151584
 071120151586  210912041325-thumbnail_IMG_3926--640x480-
 breb-woman-walking-2  poarta-maramures
penny-breb-team-sarbi