Muzeul Etnografic al Transilvaniei
The traditional folk costume of the Romanian peasant is one of the identity marks specific to us as a people. This costume has both common elements and elements of distinction from one geographical area to the other.
Nasaud region has succeeded to preserve the traditional costume almost the same as a hundred years ago. The economic life in the villages around Nasaud, the specific life, the piedmont and mountain climate, the existence of the military border for almost a hundred of years and the material needs specific to the peasant-soldiers were the factors that influenced the way of making the traditional costume.
The Austrian military border had long term effects on the inhabitants’ evolution, on their emancipation, and it imposed in the inhabitants’ conscience the preservation of local traditions and the assertion of the national identity at the linguistic, literary, social, cultural, folkloric level.
Keywords: traditional costume, border guard regiment, Năsăud, identity, peasant.