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La Blouse Roumaine and Henri Matisse

By |2018-05-06T16:17:30+00:00May 6th, 2018|Categories: Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Henri Matisse and his La Blouse Roumaine painting are the subject of this new article dedicated to the beauty of the Romanian traditional blouse. When I wrote the first article about [...]

Dragons, between fairytale and reality

By |2018-05-06T10:44:03+00:00April 18th, 2018|Categories: Soul and spirituality, Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , |

Dragons, Sylphs, Salamanders, Gnoms, Ondines, Fairies, Unicorns, Cyclops and so many other fascinating characters of the stories of childhood brought magic in our lives. But then, we knew to rejoice [...]

Romanian traditions on Saint Andrew’s Day

By |2018-05-06T05:40:36+00:00November 16th, 2017|Categories: Soul and spirituality, Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This article is currently being updated. Thank you for your patience and understanding! In the meantime, you can check out some our the below suggested readings or Chakana's Romanian version. Symbols [...]

The Magical Garlic

By |2018-06-11T12:07:13+00:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: Healing Plants, Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Called everything from ''stinking rose'', "rustic cure-all", "Russian penicillin", "Bronx vanilla" to "Italian perfume", garlic has been loved and despised throughout history for its taste and other mysterious properties. Garlic's [...]

The Amazing Interwar Romanian IAs

By |2018-05-06T05:31:03+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , |

This story is about the amazing interwar Romanian IA or what some would simply call "ia",  the Romanian traditional blouse. I had the chance to work with curator Iulia Gorneanu [...]

Kekac Dance at Uluwatu Temple

By |2017-11-27T07:29:56+00:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Kecak Dance is an icon of Balinese performing art and locals say is one of the "must see" things once you get to Bali. “Cak! Cak! Cak cak cakcakcakcakcakcakcak…,” when [...]

“La Blouse Roumaine” (ie) and the Wedding Day

By |2017-11-12T21:40:59+00:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I was born and raised in Bucharest, yet the stories my dad told me about his family, their life histories and the traditions they treasured kept calling me… so, from [...]

Beyond Threads – Romanian Tapestry at Its Best

By |2017-11-09T07:46:43+00:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Forgetting your own people’s traditions and customs is not an option, at least not from my point of view. Therefore, whenever I get the chance to see Romanians honoring our own traditions, [...]

Garuda’s Protective Power

By |2017-11-12T15:10:50+00:00December 11th, 2016|Categories: Symbols and Traditions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you travel to Bali, will see Garuda everywhere ... templates, at the front door entrance of the houses, in the masks hanging on the walls of most souvenir shops [...]