Fabric belt regional summary

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Banat Belts woven in horizontal and vertical stripes with diamond and eye shaped motifs and winding stripes.
Câmpia Banatului. Vivid coloured stripes.
Făget, Banat Wide vertical striped fabric belt.
Maramureş, Oaş One of the few ethnographical zones in which fabric belts are not worn.
North Transylvania  
Bistriţa-Nasăud Belts woven with straight coloured stripes only.
Haţeg Belts were woven with beţisoare.
Munţii Apuseni Belts were woven with scândurică.
South Transylvania  
Pădureni Brăcuri or brâu woven with zig zag stripes.
Sibiu The nationalistic movement developing from c 1850 led to yellow, red and blue ribbon representing the Romanian flag being used for belts in Sibiu and surrounding areas and for bete (baldricks) worn by Caluşeri dancers in South Transylvania.
Târnave, Orăştie, Avrig, Bete are decorated with stripes and discrete woven motifs.
Oltenia Woven belts have eyes shaped motifs and winding stripes.
Gorj Narrow belts are called brăcirile. Sober colours are used and eye shaped woven patterns in  in navy blue, red, white, green.
Romanţi Red vertical or horizontal striped fabric belt called "mocadin" or blue background with vertical stripes.
Vâlcea Belts are woven in 4 threads, with eye shaped motifs and winding stripes and white beads on the edges. Stripes can be vertical or horizontal.
Zona Slatina, Olt Bete have woven (alesături) patterns and white or many coloured beads on the edges.
Muntenia  
Buzău Red brâu with long tassels wound over the camasă with narrow betele woven with eye shaped motifs and winding stripes  worn over fotă. In north zone men wear red or white brâu under ornamental leather belts (curea) decorated with tin tacks.
Buzău - zona Buda - Dumitreşti Men's brâu have pom-poms on ends (brâu în boboci).
Ilfov Lătiţar - made of beads worn as belts with tassels on the ends.
Prahova Red woollen brâu worn by men and women.
Vlaşca, Bete are decorated with stripes and discrete woven motifs.
Moldavia - North Brâu, named "chingi" or "frânghii" are woven with many threads in diamond shaped patterns.
Suceava Men's brâie are woven with animal motifs, or brightly coloured floral design on a black background imitating relatively modern woven patterns (alesătură) on Moldavian carpets.
Vatra Dornei, Suceava Bete are called also brâut are woven in 2 or 4 threads. Colours predominating are orange, red, purple, green, white, yellow, black to match the colours of the costumes.
Câmpulung Moldovenesc A wider woollen belt is often worn by both men & women.
Bete are in dark red or cherry, main part is decorated with raised geometric motifs in wool or silk.
Humor, Suceava Older belts are woven in subtle coloured stripes, with colours made from vegetable dyes. Newer belts  are decorated with floral motifs.
Valea Bistriţei. Woven eye and cross shaped motifs are characteristic.
Iaşi Very wide fabric belt, geometric decoration - often edged with beads & tassels. Bârnete cu margele alb woven in square patterns with white beads on edges.
Moldavia - Central & South  
Bacău, zona Răcăciuni Brâu or bârneţe with vertical red stripes and fringes or tassels on ends.
Central Moldavia, Bacau, Romanului, Colinele Tutovei. Brâu are woven in 2 or 4 threads with horizontal stripes called "Sfărşii" or stylised Animal or vegetable motifs.
Eastern Moldavia Woven belts have square motifs.
Neamţ Brâu is woven in 4 threads. Most frequent colours are red, yellow, violet, green, orange.
Vasului White brâu are worn for daily wear and red for holidays. Brâu is decorated with stripes and woven pattern and worn under studded leather belt. Bârnete cu margele (with beads) woven in square patterns with fringes.
Ţara Vrancei Brâu are called chimir and are woven in red, white, brown, yellow, green, pink stripes. These are worn over camasă, with bârneată worn over fotă.

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