20 November 2016

DUMBRĂVENI, Suceava County, the XIXth Century

Dumbrăveni village is situated on Suceava plateau, next to Câmpia Moldovei. The settlement was formed in the XVth century on a plateau near Suceava City, on an altitude of about 400 metres. Dumbrăveni is a collected village with a close gathering of houses along the main road. Built late in the XIXth century and transferred to the Museum in the year 1961, the Dumbrăveni household is particular due to its construction system: walls are built using pillars imbedded in the ground, tied together with three straps on which vertical rods are woven and glued with clay. The thatched hipped roof is covered with rye straws using a specific technique. On the edges of the roof, the rye straw sheafs are laid in increments, consequently woven two by two into girdles on the roof mane for a distinctive look.

The house plan includes a center hallway with two rooms, a low porch stretching along 3 sides of the house with pillars and no deck. The clean room is missing a heating system, the house was inhabited ocasionaly. The kitchen was the main area of activity inside the house, a fireplace with cooking stove occupies half of the kitchen space, a place used for cooking food, also used for sleeping. Among the simple furniture pieces inside the house, the chests are situated at the ends of the two beds and stand out thanks to artful paintings. Inside the house, fabrics such as towels and rugs decorated with geometric and floral patterns adorn the living quarters.

The outside of the house as well as the inventory of objects found inside make the Dumbrăveni household one of alluring personality.