For some time now I've been wanting to share with you more of my cultural, historical and spiritual heritage. Due to factors completely out of my control, couldn't do that. At least not in the way I intended. But this week, in fact this Monday (1th of Dec 2014), while I was preparing to film a Video for my main channel, I remembered that it was our national day. 1th of December 1918 it's the Great Union Day, when Transylvania was reunited once more with the other two Provinces(Moldavia and Wallachia already united on the 24th of January 1859) as well as with Banat, Basarabia and Bukovina.
Why is that important to do so? Because as the OLDEST CIVILIZATION in Europe-older than the Roman Empire, older than Ellada(Greek civilization) and even older than the Sumerians-I think the
world deserves to learn more about this place once called DACIA (today's Romania) and its long and fascinating history. To learn about things that otherwise you might not get the chance to
do that. Like the fact that the Romanian language is not a Latin language but the other way around. The fact that we understand all the other Romance languages, the fact that are still
communities spread in different countries that speak similar to us (like Occitane in France, or Occitan in Italy or Spain just one example out of thousands). My words are accompanied by
facts and historical data, that will shed light on things the official history of this world chooses to ignore, or even worse, to erase it from our Collective Memory by
transforming us into consumer zombies with no identity. With no roots. With no story. Luckily there are enough brave and great people among us-throughout history as well as in the present
times-who do their part so the veil of ignorance won't swallow us whole. This and in many other forms is my way of doing my part.
So whenever the time and energy allows it, I will be posting bellow interesting pieces of information that can paint a bigger picture.
Here is another mini documentary about the great Nation of free Dacians. About those who were undefeated in battle and knew no fear of death, because they believed in immortality and eternal
life. Before Jesus was even around this planet. And then the secrets of the Carphatian Mountains. There are many things to discuss, luckily more and more People (specialists,
historians and from other fields) are shedding light on this subject. Enjoy!
In 2012 Daniel Roxin made and produced a documentary that presents untold truths about the origins of Romanians. With no further ado, here is the first part with English subtitles. Enjoy!
3 Dec 2014
So I thought, what better way to introduce you to my culture than through clothing.
In this picture here, I am wearing the famous blouse called "ie" in Romanian. Which I proudly bought on my last vacation in Romania, from Sinaia.
Why is so famous? Because has inspired many artists, like painters, fashion designers, etc. around the world in different times, and still does in the present.
Ironic or not, but most of my Romanian blouses I own at the moment, were found in different collections at different labels like: HM, Mango, Zara, etc.
So I decided to get the original, directly from the Source. :) And I am very happy I did!!!
The first "Blouse Roumaine" prototype is considered to be created starting in Cucuteni culture (4600 B.C. or older). Which is older than Mesopotamia culture. The ancient piece was called
"ie". It is mentioned in Latin writings in the 6th century B.C
Here on the right, the sewing/making process of a "ie". The tradition of manufacturing the blouse is still kept among very rare artisans who are living on forgotten lands of ancient romanian villages.
The design/embroidery is not random. Every shape has a magical and spiritual meaning. They were meant to protect from dark spells, bad spirits, promote health, prosperity.
They even show energetical meridians that the Chinese know in their ancient medicine.
Henry Matisse (1869-1954) the famous French painter, was fascinated by the traditional Romanian folk costumes. In the late 1930s he began a series of beautiful paintings and sketches of women
wearing Romanian blouses.
Matisse's fascination with the Romanian folk costume, inspired Yves Saint Laurent through his paintings, who went on to create what would become an iconic piece of fashion.
For the autumn-winter 1981 collection, Yves Saint Laurent created "La Blouse Roumaine" as homage to Henri Matisse. The models had also traditional skirts stylized after the Romanian "fota",
and the hair styled as the girls from the Romanian villages.
His “La Blouse Roumaine” remains one of the Highlights of his career, and is one of the pieces that made the tour of museums around the world, arriving also in Romania in 2009 at
The National Art Museum during the Fashion Festival “Pasarela”.
In the past years, decades, many designers like: Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gautier, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci, BCBG Max Azria and many others, were inspired not just by the "ie" but also by
the Romanian embroidery, as well as other elements of the traditional folk costume.
Here above is Oscar de la Renta Spring Collection 2008.
Tom Ford Spring Collection 2012
Philippe Guilete November 2011
And let's not forget Queen Maria of Romania, who was a a big fan of the traditional Romanian folk costume. Who used it as part of her personal wardrobe, as traditional pieces as well as inspired designs from it.