Today 24th of June, Romania celebrates the day of its national blouse and I am extremely proud to come from a country with such stunning traditional culture and customs. We call it ie and it is completely worked out manually. Nowadays there are fewer and fewer women that know how to create this extremely gorgeous piece of cloth this is why it becomes so much more valuable. I wrote this article as I want to raise awareness and highlight to whoever wants to read about the beauty of the Romanian treasure, the IE
My grandparents come from the beautiful village of Rucar in Muscel county and the models of the ie in my region look like in the pictures below (both are personal owned). The black sewed one is brand new and it's created by the new and young generation of people that still know how to sew a IE, while the red one was my grandmothers from the time she was a young lady.
During 20th Century, the famous French painter, Henri Matisse, created important series of paintings which portrayed women in Romanian blouses. He started painting women in ie after he received one as a present from Theodor Pallady, Romanian painter and his colleague at Ecole des Beaux Arts from Paris. One of Matisse's paintings is displayed on the cover of Constantin Roman's book, "The Unsung Voices of Romanian Women", a book about tradition and art regarding traditional blouses." (Source)
If ever in Bucharest, The Peasant Museum is the perfect place to discover the big variety of styles across the country.