The Mayor of Horezu invites you to live the story of ceramics with a unique tradition of over 2000 years
The Mayor of Horezu invites you to live the story of ceramics with a tradition of over 2000 years
The ceramics, through which the Horezu is internationally known, is included in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2012.
Horezu ceramics is a unique traditional craft, practiced by both, men and women.
The manufacturing process is divided: men are the ones who deal with the extraction of clay, which is then cleaned, portioned and watered, kneaded, pounded and mixed, thus becoming the raw material from which the famous Horezu vessels are made, and women are those who decorates objects using specific techniques and tools, with which he draws traditional patterns. The traditional central motifs painted on the ceramics from Horezu are the rooster (Horezu rooster), the star, the sun, the spiral, the ear of wheat, the tree of life, fish, the choir with human figures. To these are added leaves, trees, twigs, flower buds, oak leaves, acorns and a whole plant world that plays a secondary role, being generally placed on the edges.
All the drawings have a story behind them and each one has a legend. And all this you can find out from the skilled craftsmen, who tell by word of mouth, from generation to generation, the history of ceramics and the special place Horezu.
Other products like plain water, carbonated water, soft drinks and energy drinks; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages: brandy, blueberries, sour cherries and fruit syrups (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, shock, cherries, cones and fir vegetation, mountain peony, cranberry, etc.), other products: berries, apples , plums, pears, grapes, quinces, strawberries, chestnuts, wild and cultivated mushrooms, vegetables, jam (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, strawberries, sour cherries, currants, cherries, etc.), homemade preserves (vegetables), products bakery, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, cow’s cheese, goat’s cheese, sheep’s cheese, homemade cream, homemade butter, chicken and quail eggs, meat from animals and poultry yard (chickens, pigs, calves, sheep, goats), fish; non-food products: hand-made textile fabrics (carpets, rugs, rugs with Oltenian motifs), and traditional, braided twine, icons painted on glass and wood and other decorations, wooden tools and accessories, wicker baskets, hazelnut baskets birch twigs, the latter produced in private workshops in the village of Romanii de Sus – Săliștea.
Horezu is known as an ethnographic center and as an old center of ceramics. From the point of view of traditional occupations, Horezu is known as an area for fruit growing, animal husbandry, pottery, logging and wood processing.
Ceramics continues to be the emblem of the place. Horezu aims to enhance, both in terms of tourism and economic development, cultural, historical, traditional and natural heritage. The special concentration of historical and cultural monuments – with a special mention for Hurezi Monastery – UNESCO monument, the richness of traditional crafts representative for the region – with an artistic component unanimously recognized by both Romanian and foreign specialists and the informed public (Hurez pottery, carving in wood, fabrics), local religious holidays, traditional – true ramps of affirmation for folk groups. Horezu is an area where traditions have survived despite the rise of globalization relative to national / local identity. Horezu, the place of culture and civilization, is one of the important tourist place in Romania. It is mentioned for the first time in the document from 1487 by the Voivode Vlad Calugarul.