Men's leather belt summary

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Maramureş Widest leather belts decorated in repoussé work.
North Transylvania  
Bistriţa /  Năsăud This area is where money belts originated and then spread throughout Transylvania. These belts were originally decorated with eyelets, repoussé work, and apliqued coloured leather strips. More recently the coloured leather strips have been replaced by floral designs which are filled with many small brightly coloured glass beads. This style of belts is now also found across the Carpathians in Suceava.
Liverzile, Bistrita Năsăud Example - Cluj Museum Narrow belts (5cm wide) decorated with brass studs bearing solar signs.
Câmpia Transilvaniei Older style leather belts decorated with "prisnele" circular discs of brass (alamă) positioned along the belt.
South Transylvania  
Zona Ocna - Miercurea - Sibiu, Şerpar (wide leather belt) decorated with woven leather stripes of one colour (irhă) or repoussé work. 
Poiana, Mărginimea Sibiului Curea decorated with coloured thread and copper wire (sârmă de aramă).
Zona Târnave Mare Chimir 15-20cm wide, decorated with ornamental motifs either in appliqué leather or repoussé work.
Sibiu Narrow leather belt called curea.
Saxon Metal belts.
Orăstie, Hunedoara

Example - Orăstie Museum
Belts decorated with green spirals of thin leather (Meşină).
Haţeg, Hunedoara Money belts decorated with punching and tacks.
Upper Jiu valley, Hunedoara Belts decorated with brass & copper plated thread using geometric and stylised vegetable motifs -  Şerpar cusut cu sârma.
Padureni Women wear a narrow leather belt decorated with tin rivets.
Râmnicu Sărat (& surrounding areas) Leather belts with brass buckles decorated with tin tacks worn over a brâu.
Buzău In north zone men wear red or white brâu under ornamental leather belts (curea) decorated with tin tacks.
Moldavia - North  
Moldavia and Sibiu, Transylvania Long narrow leather belts called bete are worn by shepherds over a brâu. These are wound 3 times round and are decorated with brass or tin studs.
Moldavian shepherds especially in Botoşani and Dorohai regions 3" wide thick leather belts fastened by brass buckles covered with patches of coloured enamel in green, blue, yellow, white and red. Possibly oriental origin.
Câmpulung Moldoveneasca, Suceava and Vrancea zones Chimir are decorated with repoussé work and tin tacks.
Moldavia - Central & South  
Vasului, Moldavia

(Picture in Romanian Traditional Dance P71)
Very wide belts decorated with large metal studs are worn are worn over a wide brâu.
Vrancea Leather belts with ţinte de cositor (tin tacks).


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