The traditional Arts & Crafts of the Saxon Villages area of Transylvania are linked to practical uses in daily life. They have unspoilt and genuine vernacular style.
The local traditions of jam and honey production ('bottled biodiversity') and wood carving have been brought together, along with glass blowing and silver-smithing, in the form of a luxury product, The Art of Dar (The Art of Giving). See this short film.
They burn for a week before all the wood is transformed into charcoal. The charcoal burners have to climb over the heap with buckets of earth to stop up any holes, which can be spotted from the escaping smoke. Dangerous work. If the heap collapses, the charcoal burner on top will be killed very quickly by the intense heat.
The people of Târnava Mare, Transylvania have continued to make objects, tools and articles for every day use. Beauty and simplicity feature because form follows function. These items haven’t died out and been revived- they are still alive! You can find barrels made from local wood, rugs and blankets woven to original patterns from local wool, baskets, tools, metal goods and all manner of objects, made to be used and enjoyed by real people!
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