Crafts

Meet skilled people, who still keep and cherish the beauty and diversity of the crafts in Tara Dornelor. Therefore, you can travel back to the time of our ancestors. Crafting workshops appeal you to join in and pass to others the traditions that fill our heart with joy.

Painting eggs

In Țara Dornelor, the craft of painting eggs has been practised for more than 100 years, and it is closely connected to the embroidery art from the traditional Romanian folk costumes, being a valuable treasure of Bucovina traditional culture. In the well-known museum village, namely Ciocănești, over 30 women paint eggs throughout the year. You can visit their houses to learn the secrets of this art, and the painted egg that you will create will weight as the best soul memory for you.

Workshop organizer: Marilena Niculiță, traditional crafter, manager of The Painted Eggs Museum from Ciocănești.

Phone: 0744 589 977

You also take part in an egg laying lesson in a workshop organized in Ciocănești. The commune of the museum attests that the folk tradition plays an essential role for residents, children and adults alike, with increasing interest from tourists. At this moment, only in Ciocănești there are more than 30 permanent cutters and a dedicated event – the Painted Egss National Festival, which enjoys the participation of popular craftsmen from all over the country every year.

Sewing

The sewing circle/ gathering is still present in Vatra Dornei!

Traditional crafters from different activity fields, get together in Vatra Dornei to pass the traditions further while listening to stories. As a tourist or local citizen, you can also join a sewing gathering and learn how to sew traditional Romanian blouses for men and women, traditional vests and towels. One can also discover the secrets of crafting belts for men, bead jewellery and also weaving and knitting different objects.

Every Saturday, except for holidays, you can meet beautiful people to storytelling, starting from noon, at the Ethnographic Museum in the centre of the town.

Workshop organizer: Minorica Dranca, manager of the Ethnographic Museum from Vatra Dornei

Phone: 0746 245 531

Wood sculpturing/carving

Discover the success story of a local wood sculptor, who has inspired many young generations to love wood carving, along his 50 years of activity. You have the opportunity to meet him in a wood sculpturing workshop where he will show you how wood can come to life. For a beautiful experience, you may also be guided to the Hall of Culture from Dorna Arini, where the well-known artist has displayed the ethnographic collection “The forest, cradle of civilization of Dorna “razesi people”.

Workshop organizer: Mihai Vleju, traditional folk artist from Dorna Arini Village, the wood sculpturing teacher.

Phone: 0722 690 405

Places

If you want to visually and spiritually revive the childhood memories, in your grandparents’ house you may start with a visit to the museums in Tara Dornelor.

The ancient objects and house tools, which furnish a room to provide a cosy and familiar atmosphere, will guide you in a journey to discover the simplicity and beauty of the village house.

Closer to nature, you can enjoy the rich fauna and flora of the area which is revealed to you in a fascinating frame at the Natural Science and Hunting Museum.

Ethnographic Museum-Ciocănești

Visiting hours:

Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 16.00

On weekends, if it is booked/announced 24 hours in advance. 

In the centre of the village, on DN 18 road Iacobeni – Carlibaba – Borsa, at a distance of 27,3 km from Vatra Dornei
+40744589977
Paited Eggs Museum-Ciocănești

Visiting hours:

Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 16.00

On weekends, if it is booked/announced 24 hours in advance.

In the centre of the village, on DN 18 road Iacobeni – Carlibaba – Borsa, at a distance of 27,3 km from Vatra Dornei.
+40744589977
Ethnographic Museum – Vatra Dornei

Visiting hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00

17 Mihai Eminescu Street – on the side of the Town Hall, on the ground floor
+40372748357
House Museum – Poiana Stampei

Visiting Hours:

Daily. For a guided tour, we recommend booking by phone with 24 hours in advance.

In the centre of the village, on E58 road, at a distance of 18,8 km from Vatra Dornei.
+40742619121
Natural Science and Hunting Museum

Visiting hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 – 17.00

Saturday -Sunday: 10.00 – 14.00

3 Unirii Street
+40372748357
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