My name is Jurca Floare.
As you might guess, I am part Romanian. My father is Romanian
(român din mosi-strãmosi,) but
on my mother's side we are a very nice and colorful mixture and
this could be the main reason I wanted the present ALL
ethnic groups living in Romania..
There are lots of books or
websites on Romanian folk costumes. Most books or websites describe
in details the Romanian folk heritage and some vaguely remember
a few other ethnic groups. Other books present the folk costumes
of Germans (Saxons) who live in Transylvania (Siebenburgen,)
or folk costumes of Hungarians who live in Transylvania, giving
the impression that Transylvania is solely inhabited by either
only Germans, or only Hungarians, or only Gypsies. My desire was
to present all ethnic groups who live in Romania and to give equal
time to every ethnographic zones of every ethnic group living
in Romania. I wanted also to present the forgotten Romanians who
live outside the present day Romanian borders.
In creating this web site I
owe many thanks to my friends and family who helped me getting
costumes, or parts of the costumes, old pictures, old post card,
many specially books; or they let me take pictures of their heirlooms.
Many of my friends persuaded (I really, really mean PERSUADED
) their relatives (mostly old ladies) to show me and to let me
take pictures of the old ladies' folk stuff. Many helped me in
my travels all over Romania, as companions, photographers, or