September 25, 2014

1245 ROMANIA (Sălaj) - Baking moşocoarne on House-Museum of Ligia Bodea

Although in nowadys it has a population only slightly more than 800 inhabitants, the village Iaz in the commune Plopiş (Sălaj County) is known throughout the country due to the House-Museum of Ligia Bodea, which hosts an ethnographic collection with hundreds of folk costumes, thousands of ceramic pots, glass icons and dowry chests, and other traditional objects. The museum has a short history, but very special. In 2003, at the death of his grandmother, Ligia Bodea, who was then only 12 years old, persuaded his parents to not demolish the old house, built around 1880. She also kept in good condition the objects with which had grown, as ordained them her grandmother, and began to gather other from the village. Amazed by the girl's tenacity, her parents were also involved and thus the house became a museum, extending then on the yard, where, in an gazebo, are exposed various agricultural machines. Ligia dreams of a ecomuzeu and, until be able to fulfill this dream, participates in exhibitions and cultural projects, teaches children to paint icons on glass, and talks to the elders, because the memories of the old world must not disappear along with them.

Right in the museum courtyard, Mircea Groza, a lover of traditional gastronomy, prepared, helped by Ligia Bodea, some moşocoarne, as make them the women from that area who knows from how long. Both are dressed in traditional clothes from Ţara Silvaniei (Silvania Country - Forest Country), the hills region located entirely within the Sălaj County, on the contact area between Crişana and Transylvania (by the way, it is possible that the name Transylvania to come from Silvania, because is " the land beyond Silvana" for those coming from the west). Ligia wears a white spacel (shirt) with floral embroidery and wide sleeves with wide cuffs with embroidery. Over spacel she has a sheepskin laibăr (vest) with floral and geometrical ornaments. Over poale (skirt) she wears a zadie (apron) of wool, wrinkled on top. Mircea Groza wears a chimese (shirt) with wide sleeves, cuffs and white embroidery, over which has a laibăr (vest) of wool, and very large gaci (pants), also of white canvas.

The moşocoarne are a kind of pies specific to this region, which are made of leavened dough (prepared from wheat flour, water, salt and yeast) filled with a composition of fresh cottage cheese, mixed with salt and eggs. Once removed from the oven, still hot, are broken by hand and soften in cream. The image on the postcard belongs to the photo album "ROST - Esenţe, gusturi şi stări româneşti" (ROST - Romanian essences, tastes and moods), made ​​by Răzvan Voiculescu, about which I wrote here.

About the stamp
The stamp, depicting Olga Tudorache, is part of the series Golden Stars of Stage and Screen, issued on March 1st 2014, and dedicated to some of the most beloved actors of Romania, about which I wrote here.

Casa-muzeu din Iaz, neîncăpătoare pentru colecţia Ligiei Bodea - Magazin Sălăjean
Casa-Muzeu Ligia Bodea - Muzee şi colecţii din România
Casa-muzeu Iaz - ReComESPaR
Portul popular, identitatea uitată a judeţului Sălaj - Graiul Sălajului

Sender: Roxana Ivănescu
Sent from Eforie Sud (Constanţa / Romania), on 08.08.2014
Photo: Răzvan Voiculescu
The postcard is part of the series ROST - esenţe, gusturi şi stări româneşti (ROST - Romanian essences, tastes and moods)

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