Cricău ethnographic exhibition

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Cricău ethnographic exhibition
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The settlement was documented since 1206, and from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, together with Ighiu, it belonged to the feudal castle of Piatra Craivii. The movable and intangible heritage of the area which was recovered from the villagers was exhibited in a thematically structured ethnographic collection. Arranged in three rooms, the exhibition reconstructs the interior of a cottage as well as specific activities such as weaving and viticulture. As shown in the traditional home decor, a special place is held by the female traditional costume with two skirts, undershirt and petticoats. Made at first from homemade fabric, this type of garb has undergone some changes during its e...volution because commercially purchased cloth was increasingly used (jolj, silk, cotton cloth), which in turn changed the decorative style of the costume. The male costume consisted of a long shirt with ornate collar worn over trousers, usually with a broad leather girdle, decorated with different motifs made by stamping. Summer pants were made of white cloth and the winter pants, or trousers, from white or gray rough homespun. For cold weather, both men and women wore sheepskin vests and rough homespun overcoats. In the living room there were one or two beds, one to the left and one to right, the table between the two windows, and one to three benches, one next to the wall facing the street and the others next to the other walls. The one next to the wall facing the street was fixed and the others movable, so that they could be brought to the table when serving food. Chairs were scarce, only two or three. The benches were replaced with daybeds where clothes were stored. Under the crossbeam there were pegs from which ornamental wares hung. Behind the door was the sideboard which held the potter; glass painted icons and family photos were on display on the walls. Weaving was a more laborious task, requiring several prior operations: setting up the warp, mounting the warp and setting up the weft. Setting up the warp usually took place within a larger space in the courtyard beside a fence. Mounting the warp consisted of putting the warp yarns on the back roll of the loom, held taut with rods between them as not to get tangled. Mounting the weft was a complicated operation and it took place in the house. Depending on the type of fabric and the technique used for it the warp threads and the weft threads were properly placed. If a lot of viticulture tools can be found in an agricultural inventory, such as hoes, spades, picks and even to a lesser extent plows and saws, there are certain objects, such as the vine knife -best known as the sickle -, as well as some wooden vessels for grape picking, wine pressing and storing, which are related specifically to viticulture.

Strada Principală nr. 319
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In the centre of the village, in the courtyard of "Decebal" School
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On demand
Phone :
0258.845.105; 0727.354.235
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Administrative subordination:
Alba County Council
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Contact person:
Blagu Ionela
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