Mandra commune, Brasov County, holds the Museum of Fabrics and Stories, which hosted the first gathering in the itinerant project series ?Gatherings in Tara Faragarasului?.
Dozens of women from Brasov and surrounding villages got together with the fierce women from Mandra, wearing the gathering traditional clothes. The meeting was very emotional, because each of them brought a custom from her village, presented an authentic traditional craft, and showed her traditional costume and the skills of sewing the ?ie? shirt.
The gathering was outdoors, in the yard of the Museum of Fabrics and Stories, and then the museum that hosts pieces representing the household of the Romanian village was visited. Women knit, sewed traditional drawings on the ?ie? shirt, wove and talked, and at the end of the gathering they tasted the homemade pies cooked by the attendants. At the gathering were also performed unique presentations and information on the old and contemporary heritage was exchanged.
?The City Hall and the Local Council of Mandra support the projects for promoting the cultural and historical patrimony of the locality and I can say I am proud that the women in Tara Fagarasului are aligned to national movement for rediscovering, preserving, promoting and sewing the Romanian traditional dower, manually made, in good order! This event that took place in our commune is a good occasion for promoting our customs and traditions. We want our traditional costume to be known and appreciated at its true value?, said Mr Ioan Serban Taflan, Mayor of Mandra.
This national movement is carried out by the architect Ioana Corduneanu, who is now coordinating ?The biggest online gathering in the world? ? counting more than 14,000 members (Sewed signs). Ioana Corduneanu also attended the gathering in Mandra through a mini online conference. The project will continue by organizing gatherings in several unique places in Tara Fagarasului.