EVEHD Romania

EVEHD Romania

EVEHD Romania took place in the first week of July 2014.

The area of our action was Rimeț village, situated in the Apuseni Mountains in Transylvania. Apuseni Mountains is a limestone area with a lot of caves, gorges & ravines.These mountains belong to the bigger chain of the Carpathian Mountains.

Rimet village boasts a stunning landscape with wild flower meadows alive with butterflies, insects and birds.

Our action had three main themes:

–       spring restauration;

–       recording textile patterns from old traditional Romanian costumes;

–       making an inventory of thatched houses from the area. This includes photographing,  measuring, recording, mapping.

Volunteers from Germany,  Island, Slovakia, Turkey and the UK were joined by local people and teenagers from the area. We divided in 3 teams and started to work.

The spring restauration team was lead by Dumitru Ciocan, a Romanian volunteer and Paul Lucas, a volunteer from the UK. Together with the local builder they made a working plan and proceeded to work. The spring was to be restored so that both people and animals can have easy access to fresh water. We attempted to use only stone with no cemment but this proved to be a little difficult, taking into consideration our lack of skills as regards dry stone walling. By the time the action finished, the spring was almost complete.

Another team led by Philip White & Joy Ede from UK  recorded thatched buildings from the area. They showed the volunteers how to use the building survey sheet to record building techniques, type of wood, type of building, interior details, dimensions, GPS position. A number of 28 thatched buildings were recorded and the information  we collected will be used to make a plan for saving these building and putting them to use as part of the cultural landscape of the Apuseni Mountains.

The third team led by Martin Clark recorded traditional textile patterns onto paper. They had access to the ethnographic collection of the village and recorded textiles from old Romanian costumes. This was done with the purpose of discovering  common textile patterns throughtout countries taking part in the project. We found out there are many similarities between Romanian textile patterns and those from Slovakia and some identical patterns to the Turkish ones ( the “baclava” pattern). The textile team set up a fashion shoot to show how traditional textiles can be used in a contemporary way.

http://sublimemagazine.com/art-culture/sustaining-traditional-textiles

During the week there were cultural trips so that participants find out more about the area. We had a day trip to Alba Iulia to visit  the Vauban fortress  and an afternoon walk to the Rimet monastery.

The next activity of EVHED project in Romania will take place in spring 2015 and its main theme is oral history. Together wih our volunteers we will interview old people in the village to discover how life was in the past.

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