From Friday, May 10, 2024, the Constanța Folk Art Museum and the Golești Museum invite you to discover a fairytale land, guarded by the sea, burnt by the sun, but a welcoming home for Islam and Christianity alike. Turks, Tatars, Romanians and Aromanians, Greeks, Lipovian Russians, Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Albanians and Armenians have coexisted for centuries in this imperial space. From the “great swarm” of the ancient Greeks (8th-6th century BC) until the 19th century, Dobrogea, a border territory par excellence, was always integrated into an imperial rule (the Roman Empire, the Byzantine, Ottoman Empire) which facilitated not only trade but also population movements within and outside borders.

The exhibition that opens on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 12:00 p.m., at the Golești Museum in the Ethnography Section tells, through a diversity of costumes and ethnographic objects, the story of this multicultural and multiethnic space. The current exhibition is a first for the Argeș area, offering the visiting public a wealth of information and colors, shapes and materials, a true symphony of artistic mastery.

You will be able to admire the costumes of Dobrogean Romanians from Oltina (Constanța county), Bulgarians, Aromanians, Turks, Lipovian Russians, Greeks and Gypsies.

The pièce de résistance of the Romanian women’s costume was the kerchief, woven from borangic, which was worn only on holidays. Impressive, in terms of size and craftsmanship, are the barks and mats with which they decorated their homes.

From the Bulgarian female costume, similar to that of the Romanians, we note the metal girdles with impressively sized cuffs and the salbes, all closely related to the social status of the wearers.

Good weavers and seamstresses, the Turkish women and the Turkish women, wore silk suits.

The “pois” worn by the Lipovi Russians stands out, i.e. the long belt woven or braided from colored wool, from which large tassels hang at the ends, which has a special spiritual significance, its wearers considering that it makes the connection between the body and the soul, protecting them bad.

Colorful and picturesque is the port of the silver gypsies that will be present in the Golești exhibition, along with tools specific to their craft (foale, anvil).

We are waiting for you, between May 10 and July 14, 2024, at the Golești Museum (section of ethnography) to explore the ethnographic wealth of multicultural Dobrogea.