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National Costume as Cultural Heritage Value

Young people with national costumes

The traditional Moldavian costume is the evidence of high needlewomen skill, a sample of beauty that can tell us about ancient traditions. The Moldavian costume is a testimony of the creation process of folk arts.

In the past, during the process of costume decoration it was prohibited to copy patterns and deviate from the national traditions. Each girl had to create her unique festive costume with a glance to local traditions, demonstrating her aesthetic taste. The attire accorded with the character, age and social status of its owner, it harmonized with the appearance of the owner, the color of his/her eyes and hair.

The clothing was the unique and distinct cultural value. In the past, it was impossible to find two identical female costumes; they had different patterns, colors, proportions. The same principle masters (they were mothers, grandmothers, or brides) held when sewing men's shirts.

For centuries, traditional clothing was made of homespun blades, which in turn were made of wool, hemp, linen, cotton, silk (boranzhik) strands that were also produced at home.

Folk costumes differed depending on the social, climatic and demographic factors. In the fall fairs, during winter calendar holidays, in rural choirs, and during Easter season functional peculiarities of the suit could be observed.

Settlements of Moldova and Diaspora


Prima atestare:
1190 locuitori

Cepeleuţi este un sat şi comună din raionul Edineţ. Din componenţa comunei fac parte trei localităţi: Rîngaci, Cepeleuţi şi Vancicăuţi. Satul Cepeleuţi se află la o distanță de 18 km de oraşul Edineţ, la 30 km de oraşul şi staţia de cale ferată Ocniţa şi la 202 km de Chișinău. La recensămîntul din anul 2004, populaţia satului constituia 1190 de oameni. Prima atestare documentară a satului Cepeleuți datează din 15 iunie 1431.

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