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Around the world, one of the key items common to all folkloric costumes is the shirt. La blouse roumaine, the Romanian blouse, the title of a picture painted Henri Matisse in 1940, is the garment most strongly associated with Romanian folkloric costume. This blouse with the typical straight cut is one of the archetypes of a romanian blouse. The idea was to protect the person wearing the piece against the dark powers which relates to the orginal idea of clothing as a means of protection. Therefore the areas allowing the body to come through were specifically enhanced through additional embrodery which serves the idea of a decorative piece as well. Romanian blouses are delightfully contrary: on the one hand we find “orderly imaginativeness” with a heightened sense for the decorative and glorious; on the other, a rigorous, ordered approach that manifests itself in symmetry and balance. These striking contrasts lend Romanian blouses their appeal to this day.
This Romanian dress is woven, sewed and embroidered by hand. The dress is made out of firm handwoven linen and has some exquisite hand embroidered decorations. over this kind of dress romanian ladies have worn a woolen wrap around skirt.
Mid 20th century.
Handwoven linen, Embroidery by hand, and even sewed by hand
Lenght 1,11 m Breast width 1,10 m, hem width 1,48 m, arm 40 cm (3/4 arm)
very good condition, one repaired spot