Exhibition of martsishors mounted at National Museum of Ethnography

An exhibition of martsishors can be visited at the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History until April 18. This is the most recently created collection of those that belong to the museum. It includes martsishors made in the 1970-1980s by craftspeople of the Association of Artistic Handicrafts “Artizana”, IPN reports.

Varvara Buzilă, coordinating scientific researcher, said the museum has about 4,000 martsishors in its collection. “The first exhibition of martsishors from the museum’s collection was mounted in 2004 and since then the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History has annually staged master-classes and exhibitions dedicated to this nice symbol of spring,” stated Varvara Buzilă.

The symbol of martsishors is an interlaced white and red thread that connects communities of people in southeastern France, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Republic of Moldova. “Our museum plays an important role in readjusting the martsishors to the contemporary life with the logistic assistance offered by museum workers and craftspeople in staging activities, workshops and exhibitions,” said Varvara Buzilă.

She noted that the cultural practices associated to the 1st of March 1 in Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova were put on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

After the inauguration of the exhibition, there was launched a volume entitled “Museum Ethnography” that was printed at the publishing house “Lexon-Prim” in Chisinau. The book is a collection of studies conducted by researchers and museographers of the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History under the guidance of doctor, university lecture Varvara Buzilă. This is a guidebook for museum employees and all those who are preoccupied with the national cultural heritage.

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