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Traditional arts and crafts are part of the peasants’ everyday life, whether woodcarving, pottery production, woolen carpets, table or bed linens weaving.

 

Although they differ from one region to another, bright colors and intricate designs are the distinguishing features of Romania’s handicrafts.


Woodcarving is prominent throughout the Carpathian Mountains, and especially in the province of Maramures, also called the wood civilization. The woolen carpets and rugs, woven on vertical looms and hand-dyed using natural colors are often seen on the walls of Romanian homes. Egg decoration is done with wax and natural dyes and has always been an integral part of the spring Easter festival of renewal. About 30 pottery centers are working throughout Romania, each with its own distinctive style.

The icons painted on glass reveal the beautiful, imaginative, naïve art of the numerous popular painters.  Ceremonial masks are still very much in use in ancient pagan originated festivals, uncovering a long forgotten world of myths and mysteries.  


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