Jidvei ethnographic exhibition

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Jidvei ethnographic exhibition
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The main room, called the house proper, is furnished with traditional furniture, consisting of bed with hemp mattress filled with straw, bedding with lacework, woven carpet and nine pillows decorated with fine pillowcases. Here we also find the table, the bench and the chest of drawers used especially for storing woven items and the young girl’s dowry. Glass painted icons are placed on the walls and loom woven mats are placed on the floor, over the packed earth. A special item, rarely encountered in other exhibitions, is the solid wood credenza, usually considered city furniture that complements the interior of this guest room. In the hallway we find a variety of rustic weavings, carp...ets, undershirts, Romanian and Saxon folk costumes, ornamental napkins - meant to create a pleasant environment - woven from various vegetable fibers: flax, hemp, cotton and wool. All these were produced within the household and the exhibition includes items such as: loom, distaff, spindle and shuttle. A corner of the exhibition is reserved for the Golden Age, with a wall displaying photos of members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, led by Nicolae Ceausescu, and this segment includes a collection of newspapers from that era. All these artistic creations mark aspects from the life and history of the region, with an important contribution made by craftsmen who, through their exquisite skill, transformed the line, decoration and chromatics into a perfect artistic blend, using factory and homemade materials. The old names for the village were Kakova, Olah Szaszs, Vlad Haza or Vladhaza. Documentary attestation came late in 1733, but it is not consistent with the age of this village. The „Adormirea Maicii Domnului” church - an important historical monument for the area - still lies within the village and it was mentioned in Transylvanian statistics as being built in the early seventeenth century. An ethnographic exhibition was opened in two rooms in order to highlight the cultural heritage of the area, trying to provide as much detail regarding aspects of yesteryear traditional life. The interior of the rustic house is fairly plain. The house has a single room where all the activities took place and it has a fixed structure comprising: table, daybed, chest, sideboard, dowry chest, and loom. The daybed was customary in farmhouses and it sat next to the wall in front of the table. It was used as a bench for sitting at the table and in the evening it could be used as a bed. Interior woven fabrics were made of: hemp, hemp and cotton, hemp and wool. The towels, bedding, pillowcases, cloth bags, napkins, saddlebags and mattresses were homemade only. Traditional garb bears the imprint of the mountainfolk and the Lunca Mureşului area, since the town lies at the confluence of these two ethnographic areas. Women's clothing consisted of: hand sewn undershirt sometimes decorated with motifs specific to the area, petticoats covered by a skirt, vest and sheepskin coat in winter. A kerchief was worn on the head. Men's clothing consisted of: hemp or wool trousers, shirt, woolen overcoat, leather girdle and sheepskin hat. The recreation of a cottage interior is complemented by the display of items from the agricultural inventory.

Strada Gării nr. 1
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near the Library
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On demand
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0258.881.270; 0740.106.750
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Administrative subordination:
Alba County Council
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Contact person:
Puiu Lenuţa
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