June 23, 2015

Romanian blouse day in Luxembourg - A blouse to top all traditions

Party-goers in Luxembourg will be in high spirits this Wednesday to celebrate a very wearable tradition – the Romanian Blouse. 
The curious festivity will be marked for the third time in Luxembourg with a gathering at Place Clairefontaine from 7pm with participants all wearing the traditional Romanian Blouse. 
In the square, they will give a little performance of Romanian singing and dancing, accompanied by the Romanian folkloric dancers from the “Carpatii” group directed by Horatiu Dragan. After the show, the festivities will move on to a bar. 
All are welcome to join. The Romanian Peasant Blouse is a representative piece of Romanian folklore, having remained unchanged for many years. 
Rooted in an idyllic past, Romanian women carried on the tradition of sewing peasant blouses using embroidering each one by hand, a practice that would take up to three weeks. In 1940, the famous French painter, Henri Matisse, created an important series of paintings which portrayed women in Romanian blouses. 
Despite the decreasing number of Romanian women who create these authentic pieces of art, the beauty and handmade embroidery of peasant blouses inspired several designers, like Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford and John Galliano. 
In 2013, over 24,000 people, in 50 countries, across six continents, chose to voluntarily participate in the day of the Romanian blouse on June 24.
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