The Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography, a public cultural institution that functions under the authority of the Cluj County Council, invites you on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., to the opening of the exhibition “The female traditional shirt with “altiță” from Transylvania”, which will take place at the institution’s headquarters: Reduta Palace, 21, Memorandum street.
Exhibition curators: Sebastian Paic and Laura Cristina Pop.
The technique of making the shirt with “altiță” was included, as of December 1, 2022, in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity List. “Altița” is a tailoring element specific only to women’s shirts. From a decorative point of view, the sleeves of this piece of clothing are divided into three ornamental registers named: “altiță”, “încreț” and “râuri”. As the name suggests, “încreț” is made by a special technique that results in a decorative fold of the cloth. “Râuri” stretch along the sleeve, starting from “încreț” and they cover from a few centimeters to its entire surface. Positioned on the shoulder, “altița” is made of a separate piece of cloth, attached at the bottom to the actual sleeve, and it is considered an identity element for Romanians from Southern Transylvania, Oltenia, Wallachia, and Moldavia. On Ia’s Universal Day and Sânziene, the Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography proposes to celebrate this piece of clothing in an exhibition that will present samples of female shirts with “altiță” from different Transylvanian ethnographic areas.
The exhibition will be open from June 23 - July 30, 2023, from Wednesday - Sunday, between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., last entry at 5 p.m.