The masterpiece

IA has always been the central piece of the feminine national costume, with a clear structural unit and decorative effect, reflecting the identity of each ethnographic area.

Over time, the traditional blouse captured various cultural influences, less in its tailoring technique, but more in decorative motifs, every new decorative composition or element of influences was filtered through its community, thus preserving its cultural heritage and values.

Many famous artists and designers were charmed and found an impressive source of inspiration in the geometric or floral patterns of embroideries found on the ancient Romanian blouses. According to Wikipedia “Haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high-quality, costly, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable needle workers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques”. From the most renowned handicraft areas to the very remote villages, Romanian women executed haute couture fashion using very meager means and with no formal education. They created very elaborate decorative compositions proving incredible stylistic genius and a startling talent for handcrafting.

Where did this incredible talent, inspiration and creativity come from?