Prince Charles arrived on Thursday morning at “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, being greeted by the director of the institution, Paula Popoiu, and by Irina Cajal, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture.
His Royal Highness was welcomed with bread and salt. Prince Charles’ interest was sparked by Dragomiresti Church, painted eggs and handmade icons at the Village Museum.
Dressed in traditional costumes, women who dye eggs explained Prince Charles the technique used and gave a short demonstration of their craft.
His Royal Highness also admired the wooden icons, as well as the 300-year old Dragomiresti church. Prince Charles stopped and talked to the traditional craftsmen on site, then attended the artistic performance of Gelu Voicu and the folk music band “The fiddlers” of Teleorman county.
The Prince of Wales joined the circle dance together with traditional artists, surprising those who were present.
He then entered a household from Chiojdu Mic, Buzau county, dating from the eighteenth century.
Throughout the visit at the Village Museum, the audience, visitors and craftsmen could speak to His Royal Highness.
Prince Charles gifted with paddles from canoeist Patzaichin, peasant’s sandals from traditional craftsman
Prince Charles was offered paddles by the multiple Olympic champion canoeist Ivan Patzaichin on Thursday, during the visit paid by His Royal Highness to the Village Museum.
The event occurred in front of a household from Jurilovca, Tulcea county, dating from 1898.
The Prince of Wales also received from traditional producers present with stands at the Village Museum a jar of acacia honey, a jar of fruit and seeds honey, a wooden box and even a pair of peasant’s sandals from some traditional craftsmen.
Prince Charles chatted with each of them for a few minutes, inquiring about their crafts.
Photos: Cristian Nistor, AGERPRES