Romanian Blouses, Queen Marie Photos on display in Chicago

‘Queen Marie of Romania’ historic photographs were exhibited during the Universal Romanian Blouse Day Festivities in Chicago, on June 23. The Authentic Society for Language and Romanian Culture organized the event, in partnership with Alianta and Stan Mansion, supported by Romanian United Fund, Transilvania Imports & The M Campean Real Estate Group Century21 SGR INC.

After the blessing of the ancestral dowry and of the Romanian souls of clergy by the parish priest Ioan Lupescu, His Excellency Mr. Tiberiu Trifan, the Consul General of Romania in Chicago, welcomed those present at the event. Alianta’s Community Program Director Daniela Kammrath presented the Queen Maria photo exhibition – an irresistible ambassador of Romanian history and folk art, created by Professor Pepene Nicolae, historian, director of Brasov County Museum of History.

The evening continued with an exceptional artistic program offered by the traditional dance group Spicusor of the Constantine and Elena Cathedral under the guidance of Ion Titu, the beloved soloist Laura Sisu, and the Hora dance group group under the coordination of the instructor-choreographer Gavril Rus.

Andra Peca presented to the community the story of twin traditional blouses sewn for this event. With this occasion, Alina Cumpan announced the launch of a ‘sezatoare’ in Chicago, aimed to bring together all the people that wish to participate in creating traditional Romanian costumes.

The contest of the most beautiful Romanian traditional costume was won by Georgeta Ana Rus’ outfit dated from the beginning of 20 th century in Caianul Mic, Bistrita Nasaud.

Those present at the event had the chance to go home with souvenirs, handmade creations of local artists CL’s Handmade, Uliana, Adriana’s Creations, and Gina’s Jewelry Boutique.

“We thank all the volunteers, as well as those who have brought to us these valuable historic Romanian traditional costumes, carpets and objects.

Authentic Society for Language and Romanian Culture has dedicated the Chicago Day to everyone, to acknowledge the pride we feel today when we wear the ‘ia’ (Romanian traditional blouse), with gratitude for all those who brought it to life, preserved it, protected it, and enhanced it over time, to our ancestors, from Elisabeth Rizea to Regina Maria, from Brancusi to Maria Tanase!

Stories give birth to stories! Thank you all!”, declared Alina Celia Cumpan, the President of the organization.

Alianta wishes to thank Alina Cumpan and her organization for making possible this event.