Do fashion bloggers only promote clothes? When you inquire about the socio-cultural context, read more on the history of fashion, search DIY ideas and look for ways to reuse clothes, you’re passionate about it. Everyone has their hobbies; it would be a shame to fill your life with other bits and not doing what you love. Furthermore, Stylishconfidence encourages “the clothes cycle”. There’s nothing wrong with wearing your sister’s sweater and visit the second-hand or charity shops.
We dressed according to the climate, social class, preferences, our style, but we take into account our national identity when we proudly wear traditional clothes. I like to mix the subjects I tackle on my blog, so today`s post is about my home country: Romania and our inherited clothes. Known for Dracula’s Castle, the beauty of the Carpathians and the Danube Delta, outstanding landscapes, medieval towns and UNESCO heritage sites, Romania is a country you need to visit. Definitely ! You will thank me late. If you are curious who we dress, then keep on reading.
Today I went to the other side of the lens, Alex agreed to pose in a traditional Romanian costume and answered some interesting questions. Curious what came out? Take a cup of coffee or tea because this is a quite long post.
1.You moved from Romania to England. I assume you haven`t brought with you two suitcases full of clothes. How come you decide to pack a traditional Romanian suit?
Well, you’re not that far away with this presumption, as when I came for the first time, I came with a big suitcase and a big backpack. It was hard to leave it far behind, but it wasn’t a priority after all. Anyway, we’re not at the other end of the world, just 3 hours flight. Thus I took it with me the next time I went home when the space in the luggage wasn’t a problem anymore.
2. Clothes tell a story, but without knowing more, we can just imagine. Who created the clothes you are wearing today and what was the inspiration/ the socio-cultural environment behind them?
Indeed, all the traditional clothes have a story to tell, as they are made for special events. And as they have a lot of details sewed on them, it takes months to finish one. But in the old times, during the cold and long snowy winters, there wasn’t too much to do, as the food stocks were done during the agricultural season. Thus the people would gather by the fire and craft different things. The men would be in charge with repairing or creating new tools and the women with the making of clothes for their children and husbands. Then, very special care was given to the clothes that were used at special events during the year, like Christmas and winter holidays, Easter, weddings.
In my case, the shirt has been created for a special event, but not a traditional one, at least not from a folkloric point of view. My mother crafted it for me for the high school prom. When every guy and girl wanted to dress as fancy and modern as possible, I’ve chosen a completely different direction. But it wasn’t a bad idea; the shirt was more attractive for girls’ eyes than the new, chic fashion. Now, even though it was made for a very specific purpose, after that I wore it at all the weddings, Christianizes and winter holidays.
3.Romanian traditions link people with the events in their lives; they celebrate the time passing by, the beginning of a new life, the marriage and the death. If you travel back in time, where would you choose to wear your clothes?
There are many beautiful traditions, but if I have to choose one, I will choose a very archaic one. The anthropologists say this tradition is from the prehistoric times: “Călușarii”. Similar dances are present in other cultures as well, as in England the related one is Morris Dance. Unfortunately, this tradition is fading away, and I never had the opportunity to meet people which practised it. I have seen it only on Tv shows or Youtube. “Călușarii” it’s a ritualistic dance performed by a group of men during the Pentecost. Even though it’s a Christian Holiday, the dance protects the community against the bad spirits of the forest that were haunting the human communities and their animals.
4.The society is changing so quickly. Do you feel in the Romanian society people forget about their traditions? Do they realise how important their culture is when they are abroad?
Yes, the society is changing faster and faster, as the technology develops at speed never seen before in humankind. After all, the traditions developed at specific times and with specific social and cultural environments and thus, in modern times, can’t find their place anymore. The Romanian society also had the hard times that came after the communist period, with a weak and chaotic democracy. For sure these type of instability has driven the society even more towards looking for something new. Now, if the Romanians like to look more at their traditions when they are abroad, it might be something that has to do with placing one’s roots, but in my case, I know that I was fond of traditions since I was a teenager.
5. When it comes to different and unique costumes, people would always stare. How would you choose to wear your outfit on a daily basis in Romania? How can you dress it down in the UK?
Of course, the traditional outfits are something special and stunning. I would like to have a collection of more dresses from around the world. And definitely, I would wear the Romanian one everywhere I would go in this world. But as it is something unique, I prefer to keep it for special occasions.
Have you ever been to Romania? What do you think about our traditional clothes?