We found this beautiful and subtle ie at a Peasant’s Fair in Bucharest. We instantly recognized its place of origin — Gorj — and fell for the calculated distribution of the embroidered flowers across the sleeves, the front and the back. The composition of the sleeve lacks the presence of an încreț.
The salvaged items were created sometime ranging from fifty years to a century ago. Exact timing is difficult to establish, and it is beyond the scope of our endeavour. However, it is fair to assume that some of the old techniques ceased to be employed several decades ago, for various reasons: vanishing of the skills, introduction of industrially available fabrics such as cotton, etc.