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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 tunic is woven, sewed and embroidered by hand. The tunic is out of firm handwoven linen and has some hand embroidered border decorations with some old gold metal sequins. The tunic was orginally part of the men`s costume.
Mid 20th century.
Handwoven linen, Embroidery by hand and even sewed by hand
Lenght 1,00 m Breast width 1,20 m, hem width 1,74 m
very good condition, but two light water spots