Moldova and Romania

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Last night I got back from a trip to Eastern Europe. Grab a pillow and get comfortable: I will show you some of the fabrics that I saw in Moldova and Romania. There was pattern everywhere. There were woven rugs on the walls and on the floor.IMG_1951IMG_2401IMG_2745IMG_2600And there were stripes.IMG_2085
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Rugs overlapped
These rag rugs were all on the floor in one room, making an impromptu quilt.
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Clothing in a market stall:

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This woman was selling her knitting at the market and her dress was historical.
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There were lots of women dressed in more everyday scarves and patterns.IMG_2765IMG_2764
Textiles are part of homes and restaurants.
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And there are glorious textiles in the churches.IMG_2074
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I love the cacophony of patterns. Harmonious cacophony!IMG_2308
The past and the present are woven together.IMG_2743

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18 responses to “Moldova and Romania

  1. Cathy Bonnell

    What a treat! The colors, the patterns, the primitive design! Thanks so much for sharing

  2. Fantastic. And I love the stairway!

    • Julie Paschkis

      The stairs led down to a dining room with delicious food at the eco hotel in Butuceni (Old Orhei, Moldova).

  3. Gorgeous! Thanks for the visual feast. Lucky you — I imagine you came home with loads of fresh inspiration for your own work.

  4. They certainly aren’t afraid of color! It’s striking to see the yarns atop the loom. Thanks for sharing all the photos.

    • Julie Paschkis

      I loved seeing the layers of color and pattern. There were patterns within each piece of fabric, but they combined to make even more.

  5. Teresa Malinowski

    So good to see all of these and the art lives on, whether poor or not, art is part of these people’s lives. Happy you got to go there and see all of this color and pattern!

  6. Lana Sundberg

    gorgeous ! reminds me of Turkey

  7. Janet Hasselblad

    Too beautiful and amazing for words!

  8. Kassana Holden

    These are wonderful, Julie.
    Inspiring!!

  9. The wonderful variety of patterns, color and handmade items was fascinating. My sister and I grew up in SW MI from 1948 until 1957 and were very much like twins.. So to celebrate our friendship as sisters, a month ago before she left, I created two Ukrainian Babushka fabric dolls. I used ideas for designing their outfits from Jackie Kennedy’s book IN RUSSIA. The bodies painted with acrylic and outfits in blue the other purple. Two home made fabric baskets with tiny dolls, each sister doll had a necklace with a Ukrainian picture of Christ Jesus, and they have crosses around the neck two… Hand painted kerchiefs…Love you work,,, atk

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