Rodica Ispas

Towel
© ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu
Material/ Technique: warped and battened cotton; weaved in 2 shedding harnesses, picked between the threads, picked with the reed; woven fringes
Size: 73 cm x 27, 5 cm

Ethnical group: Romanian
Region: Avrig town, Sibiu county, Transylvania
Period of time: Beginning of the 21th century
Utility: Decorative towel

Description: Rectangle shaped towel. Decorated with geometrical patterns: stripes, lines, dotted lines, X crosses, rhombus. On the 2 margins are applied woven fringes (6,5 cm long). Chromatics: white, red, black, zellow, blue, green, mauve.

Economic sector: Worked in a homestead workshop;
On the nowadays market this type of object can be found, the price varying between 30-50 lei (according the difficulty of getting the fabric, meticulosity and richness of motifs and its size). There is interest for buying this kind of object among the wide public. In Romania there are about 70 craftsmen who manufactures towels of different sizes and patterns according to the specific of the region.

Source: Traditional Clothes. Textile Collection (Inventory No. 11804 T), ASTRA Museum of Transylvanian Civilization. ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu