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Neamț County – an endless wellspring of creativity in folk art and a form of visual therapy

5 March 2021 No Comment


Amazing diversity and artistic expressiveness

Whether we are talking about loom-made traditional fabrics, beautiful wooden sculptures, folk costumes with amazing embroidery of local motifs, or the famous folk New Year’s masks for dancers, folk craftsmen in Neamț County keep on perpetuating the traditional folk art in the most diverse artistic forms and styles.
Handmade products cover a wide variety of thematic areas: ceramics, wood and furniture, domestic industry, soft goods and traditional costumes, leather works, glazed eggs, icons and naive painting, braids, folk masks, ornaments, traditional foods, bone objects, glassware, and even dolls and other toys. They can be made both of natural and other materials, such as metal, plastic or rubber. No matter the case, all of them reveal the peasants’ outlook and sensitivity, their sense of beauty and their artistic refinement.

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Today, many traditional artisans seek to innovate and adapt their products so that they meet the demands and artistic taste of contemporary consumers. Even if some of the handmade objects display new forms of presentation, the decorating and embellishments techniques have mainly remained the same as used in times long gone, expressing the red thread of local artistic philosophy.
The ethnography museums, through their permanent exhibitions, depict the history of the places in Neamț County, outlining the particularities of the domestic universe of people of this land, who went before us. The folk craftsmen from Neamț aim both at reviving the old crafts and the Romanian folk art, as well as at continuing these crafts and passing them from generation to generation, brings to the surface the most preciously treasure of a unique cultural heritage.

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Collections of folk art of great value are displayed and can be admired in several ethnography museums around the county: the Ethnography Museum in Piatra Neamţ, the History and Ethnography Museum in Târgu-Neamţ, “Neculai Popa” Ethnography Museum in Târpeşti and “Vasile Găman” Ethnography Museum in Vânători-Neamţ.

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