Culture and Traditions
Culture and tradition are the main elements of the spirituality of a nation. Vrancea, from ancient times, part of the national history and culture, has rich spiritual treasures of artistic values.
Also now in the eastern Romania, Vrancea county is the holder of old traditional crafts: shepherding, smoked curd cheese production, wood carving (small cooperage, patterns and puppeteer curd, shrines, household objects), pottery, weaving linen, towels and manufacturing (sewing, embroidery) folk costumes, the building of folk instruments (flute, pipe, bagpipes, alpenhorn, ocarina and many others) and making the authentic traditional masks, practiced especially in the mountains, artistic processing of vegetal fibers and not at last the art of making wine with its excellent local varieties.
A long tradition in the villages of Carpathian Mountains is the art of using plant. Man of the mountains always loved nature, because it has been his only support. Offered him shelter, food and in difficult moments cures for diseases that he suffered. Many women use plants to make various medicines, which were practically unable to otherwise obtain because of the distance from the city. These ointments have some secret recipes that have been preserved as an inheritance from mother to daughter.
The traditional products, which every householder from the mountains produce in their own farm (such as: honey, smoked curd cheese, wine, plum or other fruits brandy, smoked meats, cheeses of different types, syrups, fruits dried or smoked) are natural, ecological, without the use of preservatives, additives or synthetic dyes. Preparations are produced in harmony with nature and in no way affect the environment.
Măștile populare de lemn sunt o tradiție din vremuri străvechi, fiind prezente în mitologia și folclorul românesc de pe meleagurile Țării Vrancei. Confecționarea măștilor întregește atmosfera specifică sărbătorilor de iarnă, măștilere prezentând diverse personaje: moș, babă, ursar, general, sanitar, pădurar.
Folk craftsmen make masks from animal fur and leather, woven fabric or thick cloth, clay, wood carving, shell lime, birch or pine, metal, thick rope, feathers, corn husk, buttons, beads , beans and maize and many other materials that are no longer useful to the human household.
Traditional products from the Carpathian Mountains
A traditional product , very good and specific area is famous smoked cheese , which producers prepare it according to the methods ancestors , keeping quality and taste 100 % natural . The recipe , as we were presented Bălbărău family of Rucăreni – Soveja is: collect 10 liters of fresh cow’s milk plus clot . Allow to rise for one day , which is scalding milk rennet to cool then place in a pattern of carved wood , about an hour . Once cooled , put the curd formed in brine , then leave to drain until it hardens , and smoked . You can drink and smoke before , but smoked , besides flavor, and quality gains to be kept longer. A wheel of cheese weighs approximately one kilogram and selling guide price is 20 lei / kg.
Eyelash ticking , the village Soveja weave for the people of his village and elsewhere , at age 14 , towels, blankets and other traditional fabrics , creating a reputation Around this area. Since 2008 is an artisan in the Popular Arts School Focsani. He participated in numerous fairs, exhibitions and competitions where he won appreciation . Love artistic tradition is not limited to artistic fabrics . Out of curiosity and desire to grab as much of traditions, it has broadened the creation included: production of jams, syrup , cheese , Martis , painted eggs and painting on wood.
Folk crafted wooden masks
Wooden masks are present in popular mythology and folklore from the lands Romanian Vrancea Country since Dacian times . It tells about these masks were used to priveghiulmorţilor pevremea Dacians , to ward off evil spirits and to accompany the spirit of the deceased beyond the realm of the dead.
Paul Lupasc Nereju the town is one of the few who know the secrets of folk masks . The job has learned from his father and is known into the country and abroad masks they carry . He attempts to transmit on this trade secrets so important and beautiful for this area of Vrancea.
|Țica Geană||jam, syrup, cheese, folk fabrics, March amulets, paintings on wood and painted eggs.||Rucăreni, Soveja, Tel. 0769863164|
|Liviu Bălbărău||smoked cheese, cheese and curd||Soveja, Tel. 0724540449|
|Dan Stanciu||Traditional knapsacks and other fabrics||Nistorești, Tel. 0722830450|
|Pavel Lupașc||folk crafted wooden masks, bee products||Nereju, Tel. 0726710821|
|Pavel Caba||wooden musical instruments||Nereju|
|Mioara Enachi||traditional masks||Lepșa, Tulnici|
|Ion Țuțu||cheese products||Tulnici, Tel. 0742892886|
|Maria Lazăr||traditional shirts, skirts, folk carpets||Bârsești, Tel. 0720892992|
|Gelu Samoilă||sheepskin coats||Rucăreni, Soveja|
|Maria Popa||cheese, woolen blankets||Tel. 0237267075|
|Măriuca Militaru||traditional fabrics||Lepșa, Tulnici|
|Stanca Lungu||cheese||Negrilești, Tel. 075823411|
|Costică Hanu||wood carvings||Nistorești|