I Love Handmade

I love handmade – to see, buy and sometimes make.
Because in those crafted objects people put a part of their soul. And also because handmade items take us out of the crowd and help us fight against monotony.

I can say we, Romanians, have a certain tradition in handmade. Romanian villages are full of artisans or ordinary people who craft a rich range of handmade items starting from traditional clothing, wood kitchen and household objects, pottery, to carved wood gates, leather or knitted items.

Many of these peasant artists bring their “collections” to the Peasant Fairs organised at The Romanian Peasant Museum or Village Museum in Bucharest on different occasions: Martisor, Easter, Christmas, and so on.

They are also invited to the fairs in Romexpo Exhibition Center or in Cismigiu Gardens and other areas of Bucharest where such events take place from time to time. And being a frequent visitor of these fairs I can tell you they‘re really crowded with people!

A modern “branch” of handmade has “conquered” little by little our urban space and a new trend has been set: handmade fairsBreslo is one of the most known organizers, and also an online shop which brings together many of the handmade producers.

A special mention for one of my favourite handmade online shops, Zaza Studio Design.

Read more:
Martisor and the celebration of Spring
The Romanian peasant museum in Bucharest
Bucharest’s growing organic food fairs

About the author

Carmen Cristal
Carmen was born and raised in Bucharest, the city where she currently lives. She worked in the Sales Department of a radio station for 15 years. Along with some friends, Carmen recently founded a small company that deals with website development and online promotion. She loves English, listening to music, establishing connections and meeting new people and has a real passion for Ireland. Carmen is attracted by foreign cultures and she likes very much to travel (whenever it is possible!)
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  • marie

    I just want to jump into that first photo and see what all of those cool little things are. I can start my Christmas shopping in July, right?

  • Very dangerous post Carmen! Now you make us all want to go shopping. Breslo seems a bit like a Romanian version of Etsy. I saw the prices are all in Lei. Does Romania have plans to join the Euro anytime soon?

  • I love the pottery.

  • Hi! I agree, very dangerous, ha, ha! I love carved wood doors, I guess in your country they must be great!

  • @Marie – those “little things” are necklaces and bracelets made of little glass beads (with a certain string techique) and are beautiful indeed.It‘s never too early to start your Christmas shopping !
    @Liz – You‘re right, a site like Breslo it‘s dangerous especially in crisis times like these ! That was my impression also when I saw Breslo for the first time – it resembles Etsy very well.
    Romania will switch to Euro in 2014 ( if The European Union lasts till that date !).
    @Ana – That Corund (one of the region in Romania where the Hungarian minority lives) pottery is really great
    @Marta – You should see the Maramures carved wood gates !