Floss Silk Processing Homestead and Workshop, Croci-Matasari, Gorj County


Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA

Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA
Sibiu, Romania

The monument illustrates the evolution of the architectural style and construction techniques of a Gorj dwelling from a one-storey house to the two-storey house, which incorporates the pantry on the first floor for storing the agricultural products and fruits. As a Gorj particularity we mention that the entire two-storey construction is made exclusively of oak, on a stone base with a four-sloped roof covered with oak „şiţa”. The one-room first floor is used as a pantry with an open porch in front of it with direct access from the yard and sustaining poles for the upper floor. The access stairs are facing the gate of the homestead and made of massive oak boards, annexed to the wall of the pantry. The living quarters are situated on the upper floor with two rooms, one serving as a kitchen („caminete”) and endowed with an open hearth with chimney, and the second one being the living room („hodaie”) heated by a blind stove.
A porch with carved poles decorates the main façade (facing the yard) and it is interrupted right in the middle by the tower, which sticks forward from the line of the porch and has its own roof sustained by slightly carved poles. The porch continues to the backside of the house as an open corridor that leads to the latrine. The porch is furnished with a bed used in summer when the interior spaces (mainly the „hodaie”) are designated for silkworm farming.


  • Title: Floss Silk Processing Homestead and Workshop, Croci-Matasari, Gorj County
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1888/1978
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.4 x h8.38 x d7.6 m
  • Provenance: ASTRA Museum
  • Type: Reconstruction
  • External Link: ASTRA Museum

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