inFOCUS: Transylvanian embroidery and hand-woven textiles

inFOCUS is a project in partnership with the Transylvanian Museum of Ethnology Cluj-Napoca. Every week, will be post a section of the Transylvanian Museum of Ethnology exhibition.

For the first edition, takes a closer look at the traditional Transylvanian embroidery and hand-woven textile exhibit.

This Saxon hand-woven linen bed cover dates from the inter-war period from the Bisrita region. The designs are woven into the fabric using the aleasa peste fire technique. The pillows date from the end of the 19th century and are heavily embroidered with plant, floral and animal motifs.

These fabrics are typically hung on ruzi (wooden staffs) suspended above the bed by Romanians, Hunagarins and occasionally the Saxon population. They date from the turn of the century and originate from Zarand, Banat, Hunedoara, Alba Nasaud and the Transylvanian Plain.

These textiles dating from the second half of the 19th century are characteristic of a parade bed from the Hungarian region of Calata. The bed covers are embroidered using the cu fire trase technique and the pillows use compact floral motifs.

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