Maramă oltenească

Made out of two parts of fabric – visible given the different shades of beige as well as the feel of the fabric – the middle length of the maramă head shawl is rougher. With subtle embroideries made with the alesatură technique carried out with the use of a loom. Marame are common to the folk clothing of women across southern and eastern Romania. It is up to 4 meters long and it is always left to subtly touch the ground at the back.

The salvaged items were created sometime ranging from fifty years to a century ago. Exact timing is difficult to establish, and it is beyond the scope of our endeavour. However, it is fair to assume that some of the old techniques ceased to be employed several decades ago, for various reasons: vanishing of the skills, introduction of industrially available fabrics such as cotton, etc.

Origin:Gorj, Oltenia
Fabric:hand woven cotton fabric
Ethnographic Zone:Gorj
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