extraLONG & extraLARGE

("Obrazul subtire cu cheltuiala se tine")
Using fabric in excess (for your clothes) – is a matter of status. For a time when the precious labels and famous fashion designers were not invented, the message was clear and simple:
"I can afford it".
Some would go for extra-large, some would go for extra-long, because it was the way to be posh. Every culture did it, one way or another.
In Romania, we did it both ways, combined with practical aspects. The air 'trapped' inside the folds will contribute to the thermical comfort – the cold mountain regions adopted this way. The extra-large sleeves, free, were used in the hot summers, in the south, along the Danube Valley.
There are some famous styles:
- VRANCEA: extra-long, twisted sleeves
- BRASOV: extra-long, folded
- MUSCEL: extra-long
- IASI: extra-long trousers, named "100 folds"
In a time when many of our clothes are designed to be worn a season, it might be difficult for us to understand. But all those ladies who are now desperately trying to find home-woven fabric in order to create their own traditional blouses – I'm sure they really understand how precious a piece of fabric can be.
found these photos on Pintrest - and there are more examples in my boards: