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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More on Maramureş

The Maramureşan weaver
Klaus and I will be returning this Friday to Maramureş with my New Trier '61 classmate and Aleşd Peace Corps volunteer Connie Heaton Goddard, who has been in Romania for over a year, but has yet to see that most-traditional of Romanian counties.  To give her a preview, I have decided to post a few more of the images taken weekend-before-last by Dan Ratliff.

Maramureş is a county of craftspeople and artisans known for their wovens, embroidery, pottery and woodworking.  The Doamna above is a weaver.  Her husband paints the plates.

In the weaver's home

The weave is reminiscent of Navaho work, though with different dyes.

Hand-painted plate


There are at least three museums in Sighetu Marmaţiei that merit a visit.  Two will leave you sobered. The Museul Memorial honors the tens of thousands of Romanian intellectual elite who died in the prisons under Communism.  The Elie Wiesel House is where that Nobel Laureate, author and Boston University professor was born, and where he and his family lived until forced to Auschwitz by the Nazis in 1944. Of those family members imprisoned, only Elie survived the war.  
Back yard at Elie Wiesel's Birthplace in Sighetu Marmaţiei

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