Today Romania and some other Eastern European countries (such as Serbia, Bulgaria, parts of Ukraine) celebrate the beginning of Spring. The traditions says that people should wear a white and red thread so that spring sees that people and their houses are ready for her. The name Martisor is a diminutive of March (Martie in Romanian)
In the old times, Martisor were made of small river pebbles, colored in white and red, stringed on a thread and worn around the neck.
They were worn, to bring good luck and good weather, from March 1 until the first trees would bloom. When the first trees were flowering the Martisor were hanged on tree branches.
Nowadays, on March 1, Romanians buy silky red-white threads (snur) tied into a bow to which a small trinket is attached and offer themto their (female) family members, friends and colleagues to show friendship, respect or admiration. I need to say that I find the Bulgarian tradition nicer as also guys will receive Martisoare (Martenitsas), so I will adopt this as of this year ;)
It is believed that the person who wears the red and white string would enjoy a prosperous and healthy year.
The joy of Handmade gifts
The 2016 Project
Then the design process started, making 100 tiny shirts. Followed by step two, painting them in Romanian traditional looking "ie" , you can read more about La Blouse Romaine HERE