Artisans, craftsmen in leather, pottery, carpenters, icon painters, sculptors, manual sewer for traditional clothing, weavers
These special people who work and create authentic traditional Romanian folk art belong to the category of people who preserve the spiritual heritage of our ancestors. These occupations are left from father to son for generations, they keep the rituals alive for hundreds of years, even more, the continuity of the legacy being a moral duty for their blood relatives. The continuity is the key of the existence to a nation or country over time, and help the next generations to not forget the roots. More information about Artisans, craftsmen in leather, pottery, carpenters, icon painters, sculptors, manual sewer for traditional clothing, weavers you will find on this webpage bellow.
Through their creations these talented people keep and carry on the ancestral symbols, primitive symbols from the Genesis creation, showing the age of an Immortal culture. The most important symbols and drawings that we have received are solar symbols, moon, the stars, constellations, earth, water and fire, snake symbol, crosses, plants, tree of life, nature, wildlife, domestic habits, the nature of mind embodying the essentials of life events: birth, death, baptism, accompanied by marriage.
Since the creation of the world, the man was forced to use water to live, wood for making tools, land to make pots, clothes to wear, leather and fur to survive the cold, signs and symbols to organize hierarchies in society, to distinguish between them as tribes or groups, drawings and signs to mark their territory, jewelry and ornaments to decorate their home or physical beauty.
Craftsmen in Wood started delimited spacious, cities, houses, created flags and made tools for agriculture. With time this primordial element found in nature was used for indoor furniture, custom doors, grain silos, and even as object of worship. Even today the wood is preserved in Romanian traditions and customs in a way man asks forgiveness from a tree, to cut it, because the man ends the fir trees lives.
This pursuit of noble wood sculpture led to some unique works in the world, true works of art that lasted in time and space. Here are the examples : the making of the Merry Cemetery ( UNESCO patrimony), the construction of Sapanta Peri Monastery, the highest in the world (78 m height), iconography on wood.
The man-made wonders, are always created from something that seem simple unequaled artistic works, unique, rare beauties that can not be executed today even with modern equipment.
Nowadays, after thousands of years, they unearthed everything that our ancestors were creating back then, ceramics, clay, religious objects (containers for ritual burnings), jewelry: pendants, beads, bracelets, amphorae for wine storage, oil , honey, water storage flasks, bowls, plates and platters, and decorative vases.
Craftsmen in Leather
This branch was one of the most important. In those days were selected fine craftsmen for royal court, for creating armor, the clothing, footwear and perfect animal skin natural mixture (for leaders) and for regular people. Its ancestors preserved until today the occupations from simple, popular creations, (holly, jackets, moccasins) to extravagant creations of rare natural furs (badger, marten, otter, beaver). The Geto Dacian hats were a symbol of social class and hierarchies delimitation. Archaeologists have discovered today the Dacian battle shields, over 2,000 years of art masterpiece. Go and see the National History Museum.
Painting Artists and Icons Painters
Since ancient times people have artistic inclinations and beautification skills for housing, clothing, port, ritual temples with artistic motifs symbolizing nature with all its elements and spirituality related to divinity. Depending on the importance of decoration, place, object, artists, artisans or craftsmen the use of natural colors derived from plant extracts and natural pigments.
There are religious objects, icons, churches, monasteries, jewelry, hundreds and thousands of years of survival in time due to extremely rare natural colors obtained by craftsmanship of artisans who have made unique colors in the world. We mention here Voronet blue from Voronet Monastery (over 500 years old), religious objects and ceramic jewelry (thousands of years old) that can not reproduce the colors not even with modern equipments help.
There were also ordinary people who have done paintings thanks to their exceptional natural talent. The best painters were always used to create masterpieces such as the Sistine Chapel of Orthodoxy (Voronet Monastery painted by popular artistic painters – UNESCO patrimony).
In 1863, Iordache Nicolau, made an Icon painting representing the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, called Prodromita which is currently in Prodromu Schit, Mount Athos. Iordache Nicolau, a simple painter, old man from Iasi, managed by his humility to create one of the icons in the top of the most famous icons in the world. We mention here, with great pleasure, a few artists who have made their marks on places of worship:
George Tatarescu painted, only in Bucharest, over 50 churches (church of St. Spiridon), the Metropolitan of Iasi and in other cities from Romania as well.
Nicolae Grigorescu painted several churches in the country, the most representative being Agapia from Neamt county.
Naive Icons on Glass
The icons on glass emerged after the centuries B.C. They have developed, especially, early in the eighteenth century. More wood is used for burning in furnaces oxide powders and crystals crushed in a mortar, natural oils, egg yolk, and it occurred as a consequence of the happy confluence of several factors. It appeared as a natural side mapping designed to communicate with the spirit, as a matter of playback and content that lies beyond the physical creature, reaching the ornamental paintings with pieces of marble, granite and stained glass to painted window trim. Artisans have preserved untill today the habit of painting icons on glass and stained glass in churches.
Popular Weavers and Tailors
They had the hard task of keeping the old vestments, very few of them survived over time. There are shirts, peasant pants, belts with various uses and utilities, noble clothes, ritual clothes, traditional clothing, clothes for different events, unique in human life (wedding, christening, funeral). Although the material could not resist, the geometric shapes, symbols, ancient designs are those that have past the test of time so that over 7,000 years, they are worn by followers of primordial human sacredness, the primitive man which has drawn it for the first time.
The most famous is a peasant shirt, Romanian IE, which by its simple features while you implement it in times of story, fairytale, it stitched with ancient signs traced by man on earth. One can see water sign, earth sign, sun sign, star sign, sign nature blooming, spring, bird sign, the sign of the tree of life, the rhombs column representing eternity, infinity, immortality of the human soul, resurrection. There are also the crossroads of artistic symbols, spiritual symbols of the union of man with nature. The chromatic is very diverse, its a harmonious blend of specific areas, the moments of life, bright colors from young, darker colors elders, either ultrafine fabrics (silk – silk worm gut) or tougher fabrics : hemp, linen, cotton, wool. The passion and sacredness for keeping alive these occupations make the tradition go on and ensure continuity between generations, conveying to the youth the sense of belonging to a very old civilization, Geto-Traco-Dacian culture.
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Craftspeople, weavers, seamstress,
knitting, processing 100% cotton and
Address: Sapanta Village no. 446,
Maramures County, Romania
004 0744 212 954
004 0765 486 115
Address Barsana no. 67
Barsana Village, Maramures County
Craftsman, proccesing traditional
moccasins leather, wooden doors, wooden
churches, wooden crucifixes & iron
processing: horseshoes, swords, fencing.
Cell Phone: 004 0741 984 649
Viorica Ciobanu - President
Craftsmen Association from Cluj
Popular Costumes confectioned &
sewed by hand
Mobil Phone: 004 0745 334 512
004 0722 999 784
Costica Mischiu & Maria Mischiu
Horezu Pottery - Artisans Ceramists
Cell Phone: 004 0744 924 396
004 0760 475 967
Horezu, Valcea County, Romania
Jorj & Olimpia Dimitriu
Wood & Ceramic Handmade
004 0769 665 116
004 0744 119 912
004 021 350 57 66
Workshop Address: Bucharest, distrikt 6
Othodox Crosses and Crucifixes
Contact - Ana Maria
Cell Phone: 004 0747 360 177
Address - Bucharest
Wood Icons Painter
Contact: Florentin Cantaragiu
The Romanian Peasant Museum
Cell Phone: 004 0744 101 022
Craftsmen - Traditional Artist:
handmade watches, mirrors, Ritual Icons, crosses
Traditional wooden boxes
004 0728 652 775
Address: Cavnic, Maramures County,
Brazilor Street, no. 13
Cell Phone: 004 0769 648 811
Painter ELENA MATEESCU
& Sculptor GHEORGHE MATEESCU
Painting on glass, dolls, wood
carvings and Romanian IE.
Household items, small rustic furniture,
folk art, decorative
Curtea de Arges City, Arges County, Romania
Painter Elena Muteescu
Mobil Phone: 004 0720 049 967
Sculptor Gheorghe Mateescu
Mobil Phone: 004 0722 760 367
Website Vatra cu Traditii:
Traditional Artisan Weaver
Sat Budaresti, village Stoenesti
Valcea County, Romania
Mobil phone - 004 0763 639 850
004 0763 643 050
Email - info(at)borangic.com
Natural Romanian Silk
Handicraft, Folk Artist, Hand Seamstress
Address: Gornovita Village, Tismana
Cell Phone: 004 0763 966 418
Craftsmen, Traditional Costumes, painted
chiken eggs and painted ostrich eggs.
Address: Mihai Viteazu Street no. 1D
Radauti City, Suceava County, Romania
004 0742 368 986
004 0765 391 522
Moreni, Dambovita County, Romania
Painted Icons on Glass, Romanian
traditional glass sculpture.
Cell Phone: 004 0723 239 181
Art for the Soul
IOAN SILVIU & ROXANA BATARIUC
Handicrafts, bracelets, decorative spoons,
decorative hats, painted wooden vessels,
painted wooden hair brushes, decorative
shirts & vests & skirts, belts and scarves,
naive art icons on glass.
Cell Phone: 004 0723 742 963
Luncii Street no 1,
Baia Sprie City, Maramures County
004 0723 856 109
004 0729 047 429
004 0262 215 306
004 0262 261 871
Hostel Potter House
Locally Maramures style ambiance.
Memorial unforgettable dinner.
Old fashion Stories.
Traditional folk music bands.
Habits & Rituals.
Pain Memorial Museum, Sighet.
The Merry Cemetery.
Reservation Cock's Comb.
Targu Mures City, Mures County,
004 0745 510 820
Painter on Glass
004 0720 011 538
Baltatesti Village, Neamt County
004 0724 365 313
MARIA PREDAN TEODORESCU
Naive Painter on Glass
Folk Creator, iconographer
Cell Phone: 004 0742 906 596
VASILE STAN - BEEKEEPER
100% natural bee products & derivates
Cell Phone: 004 0723 079 251
Phone: 004 021 746 65 00
Tested according to the Sanitary Veterinary
Product Number: 1960/06.08.2007
Natural Bee Comb.
Leather & Fur Crafting
Workshop in Braila, Romania
004 0763 653 728
004 0734 096 355
For those interested, the permanent
store is located in the Romanian
Peasant Museum, bazaar.
You can buy jackets, coats, vests, gloves,
collars, belts, leather belts wide, caps,
many kind of hats, Dacian fur hats.
Cugir City, Alba County
Cell Phone: 004 0745 531 001
Products & Services
Peasant Traditional Moccasins
Purse leather combined with gunny
Holders leather objects
Polymer clay earrings, leather
Leather Handbags in various
Patterns and colors