Footwear regional summary table

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Obiele called Obialăs are woven in striped or chequered patterns, in red, white and black (reminiscent of the Scottish plaid designs).

Câmpia Banatului Obiele decorated with red motifs
Maramureş, Oaş,  
Maramureş Legs wrapped in thick broad, cioareci / obiele which are made in the same way at the gubă, by introducing tufts of white wool into woven fabric.
Oaş Black boots (cizme
) worn by women
North Transylvania  
Kalotaszeg Women’s boots are sometimes made of red leather.
South Transylvania  
Pădureni Colţuni - Foot and part of leg wrapped in thick white woollen material called " tolobani," worn with opinci with tall gurgiu (toe tips) (10cm) sewn with narrow strips of neat leather and decorated with tin tacks for walking on rough roads.
Hunedoara, Orăştie, Petroşani and partsof Ţara Haţegului Obiele are made of white wool with narrow grey and blakc stripes at 2-3 cm intervals.

Ţara Haţegului - Opinci have wide gurguiul, which bends back towards the ankle.

Sibiu, Făgăraş,Mediaş Low black ankle boots
ankle boots
(gheată, ghete) worn by women
Sibiu Decorated leg wraps (ghetra, ghetre
) made of woollen or knitted wool and decorated with coloured embroidery and rows of bells are worn by căluşer dancers.
Romanaţi and Dolj Opinci worn by men are heavily decorated with punched ornaments. Woollen stockings and gloves are decorated with woollen embroidery
Câmpia Dunareni Style of opinci worn have a T strap which is similar to those worn in Bulgaria, this style possibly having oriental origins.
Moldavia Nojite  used to tie opinci to the feet are made of goats or horse hair and are dyed white.


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