South East Europe ethnography pages


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About this website:

Our first website looks at the ethnography and history of Romania. Many of the features are pan-Balkan, and have connections with wider Europe.

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

Our rewards are the contacts and interesting responses.


Information pages

Traditional folk costumes, dances, music and history from South East Europe

Romanian folk dance, Bulgarian folk dance, Romanian folk costume, Bulgarian folk costume, Portul popular romanesc

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:

Bulgarian traditional costumes

Bulgarian folk costume in Bulgaria is the garments that were worn in Bulgarian villages until the beginning of the 20th century. These garments were hand made in the villages using materials that were produced locally. The basic structure of the clothing worn by men and women for workdays and holidays remained the same for many hundreds of years, until urban influenced fashion and factory produced clothes became available. more >>>

Romanian traditional costumes

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

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 >>>

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