Juan David Latorre
The Embassy of the Republic of Moldova and the Spanish Royal Tapestry Factory inaugurated on Monday, April 8th, the exhibition ‘Scoarte: the image of the world woven in wool’, with heritage textiles and tools from the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History of Moldova. This exhibition will be open to visitors until May 17, as The Diplomat reported.
At the inauguration, the ambassador of Moldova, Violeta Agrici, said: “The tradition of carpet weaving in our country is very old. The historical documents show that along the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries there were workshops in Moldova dedicated to textiles”.
“In Moldovan folklore the carpet represents the skill of the hands, and over the centuries these tapestries have had different meanings. Each rug carries a story, an emotion, hope and faith, sadness and joy, the symbols tell the stories of the life”, Agrici added.
Scoarta is the type of carpet which best represents the traditional Romanian culture. These textile pieces have had different uses in cultural practices over the centuries: they have been part of the dowry of various social classes and have served as a bond of unity of families, nations and communities.
Generations of weavers kept the knowledge of these techniques and passed from generation to generation the aesthetic ideals of society. For this reason, traditional techniques for the manufacture of Scoarta fabrics, in the Republic of Moldova and in Romania, have been included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO on December 1, 2016.