When you buy souvenirs,you want the specific items to identify with the location you bought them from. Romanian souvenirs are mainly traditional hand-made objects, and if you want the authentic ones we know where you can find them. Also, you can ask the staff at Le Boutique Hotel Moxa for suggestions.
So what souvenirs should you buy while in Bucharest and where to look for them? The following souvenirs you can find at The Traditional Popular Art Gallery, at The Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman); Şoseaua Kiseleff No. 3, Sector 1, Bucharest, 011341, Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-18:00,www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro; telephone: 0040213179661
Le Blouse Roumaine
Everybody loves le blouse, also called ie in Romanian. Le blouse is maybe the most representative item of
the Romanian culture and tradition. It is handmade of the finest linen or cotton threads, with exquisite blue or golden silk embroideries. Peasant women used to wear the blouse at the most special occasions. Stored with care, the blouse could be worn by many generations. The price varies from $60 to $100, but it is worth it.
Romanian jewelry is not made of precious materials, but it is very special. Peasant women would expose their beauty in a simple and elegant way so they would craft their own jewelry. “Zgardan” is a traditional necklace that peasant women used to make and wear for special occasions. These handmade items require a lot of patience and creativity, yet, you can find them at affordable prices of $5-$25.
Traditional Romanian Carpets
Romanian craftsmanship is represented by Oltenia rugs and carpets. They are made of wool and cotton
threads by hand. Romanian women do the rugs at home following a traditional technique, using one of the oldest machines called the weaving sewing machine. The rugs are decorated with vibrant colors and fascination motif designs. You can buy it at prices starting from $65 up to $500.
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage has listed the Horezu ceramics in December 2012 among the treasures of humankind worldwide. Horezu ceramics are made by hand in the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Valcea County), near the famous Horezu Monastery.
This unique Romanian pottery is known all over the world for the history behind it and the unique technique of making them. The process involves a man and a woman. The man extracts the earth material, then he cleans, cuts, waters, kneads, tramples and mixes it. The result is red clay that will cautiously be modeled and decorated by women. Nowadays, the Horezu ceramics are made using the same techniques as the ancient artisans. Prices vary from $2-7 apiece.