The Eliznik Romania pages


see also:

Maramures picture
Romanian traditional costumes more >>>
Taraf picture
Romanian music  more >>>
Maramures museum
Rural Romania  more >>>

About this website:

Our first website was based on an earlier booklet we produced for the ISTD to accompany their Romanian dance syllabus.

The enlarged version has encouraged us to learn Romanian, read our books, and collate 25 years of collecting.

This site is permanently under construction and expands as time allows.

Our rewards are the contacts and interesting responses.

These pages summarise our personal view, please feel free to e-mail further ideas and views.


info Information pages

Traditional folk costumes, dances, music from the ethnographic regions of Romania

Romanian folk dance, Romanian folk costume, Romanian folk music, Portul popular romanesc, national dress, ethnic dress

Dance seminars 2014

NEW Dance School Forom, Dance and cultural tours of Romania 2014

Dance School Forom (formerly The Doina Foundation), Aarhuispad 22, 3067 PR Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Phone: +31-10-421 86 22, e-mail: stichting.doina(at), Internet:

26 April – 3 May South-Carpathian Mountains, Valcea (Folklore area with dances from South-Transylvania, Oltenia and Muntenia)

18 – 25 October Brasov and Sibiu, Transylvania

NEW Dans Romanesc "Ethnographic voyage in Transylvania"

First edition was June-July 2013

Program for the 3rd edition, 1-12 July 2014

Romanian Dance Seminar - Timisoara, Romania
Look out at Banatfolk and Timisul websites:

Romanian traditional costumes (ethnic dress, national dress, portul popular)

The structure of Romanian traditional clothing has remained unchanged throughout history and can be traced back to the earliest times. The basic garment for both men and women is a shirt or chemise, which is made from hemp, linen or woollen fabric. This was tied round the waist using a fabric belt, narrow for women and wider for men. The cut of this basic chemise is similar for men and women. more >>>

Romanian traditional dance updated April-08

A rich variety of traditional dances still exists in Romania due to the continuation of the feudal system until the mid 19th century and subsequently the isolation imposed by Ceausescu, which resulted in the continuance of a peasant life style. Romania is a unique European country as its folklore still exists in its natural environment, but this is now fast vanishing with spread of western culture and modern technology. more >>>

Romanian traditional music

The earliest music was played on various pipes with rhythmical accompaniment later added by a cobza. The bagpipe was popular from medieval times, as it was in most European countries, but became rare in recent times before a 20th century revival. Since its introduction the violin has influenced the music in all regions by becoming the principal melody instrument. Each region has its own combination of instruments, old and new, and its own unique sound. This continues to develop to the present day with the most recent additions being electric keyboards and drum sets. more >>>

Romanian ethnographic zones and history

These pages summarise the history of the space of Romania and the peoples who have lived there with the purpose of putting the Romanians and their folklore in context. Some elements of the folklore are part of recent fashions or events, but some have their roots far deeper in history.

Ethnographic zones are defined  as "a large or small territory precisely delimitated which presents united ethnographic characteristics determined by the traditions of socio-history crystallised in the manner it is placed, and the occupations, costumes, popular art, habitations." more >>>


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