Traditional crafts

Carpet weaving

Handmade carpets, often made of wool, have traditionally played an important role Moldovan family life, especially during rites and ceremonies. They were woven almost exclusively for household use, adorning walls inside a house and placed…

Egg Painting

The practice of decorating Easter eggs almost disappeared from Moldovan culture during the Soviet Union when religious expression was suppressed. Traditionally, eggs are decorated with floral and geometric elements. Egg decoration starts by marking the…

Embroidery

Traditional embroidery is still widely practices in rural Moldova. Many women decorate handmade clothes, curtains, tablecloths, and linens. Some of the most frequent patterns are floral, but designs with rivers, chickens, butterflies, ram horns and…

Knitting

In Moldova, knitting is a method of decorating woven items for home use and adornment, clothing, or other fine crafts. It can also be used to make full textile items. In knitting, a rich variety…

Pottery

Moldovan ceramics are distinguished by the decorative patterns – straight, curved, spiraled, and angular lines, dots, and circles that are either engraved into the clay or applied on the surface. Various animal, plant, and geometric…

Stone carving

Moldova has rich reserves of limestone, marl, slate, white stone, etc. In the early 19th century, people started using stone to construct buildings in towns and cities, which is still done today. In villages located…

Withy weaving

Withy weaving, or weaving flexible and slender branches, reeds and corn stalks, is an old tradition in Moldova. There are several workshops throughout the country where withy weaving is practiced. In Soroca, Rubleniţa, Reciula, Teleneşti,…

Wood carving

Traditionally, wood carving has always been an important trade for men. Wood carvers make decorative elements for houses, fences, gates, and wells; furniture and home furnishings; kitchen utensils; musical instruments; and decorative pieces and handicrafts.…
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