Blouse

White blouses and skirts with red embroidery comprise a woman’s traditional wedding costume in Romania. The colour red symbolizes life and fertility. In Romanian folk songs, women sing about blooming red flowers embroidered on their wedding costumes expressing their hopes for a long and happy marriage.


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Why do you think embroidered eastern European blouses were so popular in North America during the 1960s and ’70s?

responded: Jun 29, 2011

Posted by Tara

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In the 60s and 70s, there was definitely an inclination towards crafted techniques and pattern. There was a craft resurgence in the 1970s in particular, and processes such as macrame, cross-stitch, batik and tie-dye were all the rage. When I think of that era, I definitely think of repeating patterns adorning clothing-- paisley and patterns/colours associated with eastern cultures during the psychedelic era, and embroidered 'peasant'-style detailing later on in the early 70s. As someone touched on earlier, light, embroidered, earthy garments such as this one became associated with the post-hippie, back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s.

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