In Daisoara village, Rupea area, Brasov County, a family of traditional craftsmen made a unique project: ‘The costumes from Daisoara on a small scale’. They got the idea as a result of the fact that, in Daisoara, the traditional costume is a product of the historical development of the locality. It reveals the occupation, lifestyle, attitude and faith towards ‘what’s ours’, towards what’s beautiful, ‘it is made by the elderly and worn by us’, expresses the character of modest, sociable, respectful, hard-working people, but also ready to party, who strictly respect work, customs and traditions.
‘I got the idea of dressing the puppets in traditional costumes because I consider them suitable messengers for acknowledging the customs and traditions. They say that one who doesn’t know its history, artistic manifestations of their people, traditions, customs, cannot find itself. It has nowhere to go, if it doesn’t know from where it started in life. With a wish to save the priceless art treasures of people of Daisoara from being forgotten, I try to rebuild scenes of my grandparents and great grandparents’ lives by layouts hand made with a lot of love’, told us Ms Angela Boboia, puppets folklore designer.
In order to promote the traditional costumes, all puppets have been put together in a museum of Daisoara village. In this little museum of mannequins, there are various puppets: boy and girl ready to go caroling; wife with "rozor" and a few women with "vălitoare" on their heads – a flower scarf worn by women after their 60s; miniatures "wedding group with dowry in the carriage"; girl in "crătințe", ready for dance; bride with peacocks; the famous musicians from Daisoara; dancers, Calusari band, with the "Fecioreasca din Dăișoara" dance, played in a semi-circle or circle and other puppets representing characters in the community life.
Messengers of the costumes
‘I care a lot for my mannequins and I am sure they are the messengers of the traditional costumes specific to Daisoara village. The smallest puppet is 15 – 20 cm tall, and the tallest measures one meter, from which I cannot be apart. The most interesting is the bride with peacock, I really love her and I put all my heart in making it’, also told us the designer Angela Boboia.