Wallachian Destinations - Horezu


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Wallachian Destinations - Horezu

  1. 1. Wallachian Destinations: H O R E Z U
  2. 2. <ul><li>Horezu is one of those many Romanian heavenly locations, where people are genuine and traditions are still preserved. The Monastery of Horezu, foundedin 1690 by Wallachian Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, is an official UNESCO World Heritage monument. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>What made Horezu so popular around the world is not this incredible Christian monument, but the pottery. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Horezu pottery has its roots in the dawns of the time. This craft becomes art in the hands of the villagers, who keep the tradition from generation to generation. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The pottery is shaped using the traditional kick-wheel. Usually men form the objects and women give the finishing touch, decorating them. The clay pottery is first decorated with simple symbols and motifs, from which the most popular being the Horezu Rooster – Cocosul de Hurez. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Other popular motifs include the spiral, the star, the house’s snake, the tree of life, the lost way and ripple motifs. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The colors are natural and the tools used are conventional too: cow horns and the quill (goose feather). The most common colors are brown, red, orange and green. After decoration the pottery is burned in traditional kilns made of clay bricks and twigs. At last, the pots are covered with a special enamel material and backed for the second time. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The color of the pottery is given by special clays brought from hills in the village (white earth) and from hills in the neighbor villages (red and brown). They clay is prepared through a traditional technique and not used immediately. The clay needs to yeast for a while – big clay balls are broken into small particles through a wetting-drying process. </li></ul>