First field research mission: Romania's traditional blouse heritage

We are happy to announce that University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne represented by Francesca Cominelli and Clara Vecchio realized the first field research mission in the framework of Tracks4Crafts project, co-founded by the European Union.

This mission took place from the 16th to the 19th October 2023, in Bucarest, Romania driven by one of the T4C pilot cases Semne Cusute founded by Ioana Corduneanu.

The association combines heritage preservation, sustainable fashion, community involvement and education to safeguard and promote Romania's traditional blouse heritage.

The art of the traditional blouse with embroidery on the shoulder (altiţă), an element of cultural identity in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, was inscribed in 2022 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

As part of the mission, it was possible to meet and interview a wide variety of bearers of this know-how and to study the crafts ecosystem in Romania, both in rural and urban areas. This, in order to understand how this knowledge and craft know-how is transmitted, safeguarded and transformed today.

We were able to explore in depth the processes of transmission of the Intangible Cultural Heritage embodied in the traditional Romanian blouse and of safeguarding this incredible textile heritage.

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T4C at the Biennial International Conference  for the Craft Sciences 2023