From the series of trips with Wanderlust, today we decided to go to … Cluj. Or, at least, imagine that we are going to Cluj. How do we do that? Watching the virtual exhibition of the Transylvanian Ethnographic Museum, about which we wrote everything below.
100 portraits of Transylvanian peasants
On the occasion of the Centenary of the Grand Union, the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, which is the first museum created in Transylvania after the Great Union, launched a virtual archive exhibition entitled “100 Transylvanian Peasant Portraits”. The images were captured by the ethnographic specialists within the museum and by an English collaborator, Denis Galloway, and are, in our opinion, a beautiful proof of the Romanian longing.
We were completely fascinated by this exhibition because it captures so well the richness of Romanian culture. Head grooming, ornaments, even their expressions are just the elements that carry us back in those long-forgotten times that make us want to know more.
“The images presented preserve and bring us almost the surprisingly rich and varied world of the traditional harbor, especially the comb and elements of the head. Elements such as the type of comb, the non-coverage or the head covering method mark the locality, area, civil status, social status, age. “
What caught our interest was especially the way girls and women made their hair. For example, the hair of the Drăguş girls was cut short and matched with a hat decorated with a large “ciucuș” of colored wool.
In the photographs made in the Hateg Country, the chic hairstyle over the forehead was specific to the girls, while the wives had an “horn” comb, meaning that the hair is divided by a middle path twisted in thin tresses that descend to the back of the neck.
The shape of the hairstyle, the structure, the decoration of the teats, the head covers, the shawls, the collars, the gold and silver pieces are indicators of the social status and the zonal identity. We could say that we have kept our tradition through embroideries from our Iuttas that symbolize different regions of the country.
If you want to feel closer to the rich and varied world of folk, folk beliefs, traditional port and customs, we cordially suggest you to watch the exhibition “100 Transylvanian Peasant Portraits.” We have selected for you the photos that we liked the most, but you can access the entire exhibition here.
*The information and photos were taken from www.muzeul-etnografic.ro.