We celebrate The Day of traditional Romanian Blouse (Ie)

On June 24, 2020, Romanians all over the world celebrate the Universal Day of the Romanian Blouse, a celebration of the traditional blouse called “Ie”. As we respect our traditions, we celebrate it on the only ecological solar catamaran from Danube Delta!

The Romanian blouse is a symbol of the Romanian identity and of the creativity within the Romanian territory, lasting since the ancient times. The Day of the Romanian Blouse is celebrated together with the Fairies Night and with The Birth of the Saint John the Baptist, close to the date of the Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, marking the debut of the astronomic summer.

The Romanian Blouse, “Ie”, is the type of shirt of a typical gathered form of the collar, which has existed since ancient times. It is also known as the “Carpathian shirt”, similar to the Slavic (Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, etc.) peoples. The three-part decor code of this pleated shirt is almost always the same: in addition to the underarm embroidery, the altiță (derived from Serbian ла̏тица), there is a single horizontal row on the sleeve, known as increț, and diagonal stripes below the armpit and shoulder, the râuri. The underarm embroidery characterizes the entire costume; it is traditionally seen as the culmination of embroidery and decoration. Each blouse tells a compelling story about the region it comes from through the symbols and colors used.

Information and photographs from:
1. Photographs: Facebook – Verada Tour and Facebook – Verada Tulcea
2. Text: Romanian dress