Collection created out of century-age traditional romanian skirts. In an atempt to understand my roots and my culture I started this project called "DNA". A resuscitation of valuable pieces of art form the romanian traditional costume.
I decided to begin with the skirt, the feminine symbol,powerful and protective. Back in the days every woman was making her own garments. They would gather together, all ages to share the secrets of handcraft and of existence. Every skirt is a woven story of a human life written with geometrical shapes and natural colors. Symbols seen on earth and in the sky and also invisible ones were gently drown with wool and silk. The sun, the guiding stars, the plants, the birds,the dreams…are just a few of the symbols that I could read in the found skirts. Skirts that were on their last breath, eaten by moths, burned by the sun and made more precious by time. I radically modified only two of the skirts that were very destroyed. For the other two I kept the perfect shape and length that they already have, just reweaved the missing parts, added lining and closures. The skirts will leave at least another 100 years, proof of our culture protecting another life from the cold of winter and from the bad spirits. This garments besides being our heritage they are the proof of a long lasting garment that was slowly made to live very long.
"DNA" it is an ongoing project. To be continued…