TraditionsThursday 06 April 2017

The Unique Egg Museum - Vama

The Egg Museum from Vama offers visitors a collection of more than 3000 eggs, made with different techniques

The Egg Museum, Vama

Yesterday, I arrived in Bucovina ... I was already informed about what I could visit there: the famous monasteries, like Suceviţa, Voroneţ, Putna, Varatic, but also the Egg Museum ... At the same time, I could also taste local culinary products ...

Considering that I am a big sweet tooth, I asked people which are the desserts of the local culinary arts and I was told about the famous cozonac, a traditional panettone of their region.

Then, while I was driving, most taken by the landscape that attentive to the road I had to take, I lost the right way. I arrived at a place called Vama ... Instead of turning back, I preferred to ask people what I could visit here. All the people that I have spoken with about their place, they all have the same answer: ,,Go to the Egg Museum! '' An egg museum? I question myself... I decided to visit it ... Now, I can recommend to other tourists to visit the Egg Museum of Vama, since I'm almost become a passionate about what I have learned.

This is what I would say if someone asked me about the Egg Museum:

For those who have never heard of the Easter eggs tradition in Bucovina, the museum name could make you think of the different aspects of the eggs that we all consume. But things are so different: the museum of Vama has a famous traditional craftsmanship, that of the printed eggs or ,, încondeiate ", ie, the famous hand-painted eggs that have become a symbol of the Easter tradition in Romania. T

he Egg Museum of Vama offers visitors a collection of more than 3000 eggs, made by different techniques. In the 22 windows you can admire two types of eggs: those of Bucovina and those from around the world gathered for 12 years by the artist Letitia Orşivschi, during his participation at international exhibitions.

The oldest eggs of Bucovina are part of the family patrimony and were made more than 50 years ago. Perforated eggs from Czech Republic, scratched eggs from Germany, those carved are specific for the Slovak tradition, they all surprise you, they conquer you and push you to be more and more fascinated of mastery of the ,,painted eggs." Some types of eggs displayed at the museum are very interesting due to their rarity: the flamingo eggs, the crocodile and turtle eggs, but also small eggs such as pheasant, peacock, pigeon or ostrich eggs.

After visiting this museum, most assuredly, you would like to learn too how to make these masterpieces. No problem! You are invited to participate in the workshop organized for tourists who are interesting to discover the oldest and the latest techniques in achieving ,,the  painted eggs", to understand the symbols of the models and to create their own piece of art.

Would you like a similar experience in Bucovina?  

Bibliography:

http://www.muzeuloului-vama.com/muzeulinternationalaloualorincondeiate.html 

Photo: http://www.muzeuloului-vama.com/muzeulinternationalaloualorincondeiate.htm 

E.P.

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