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example research paper written apa format In Romania there are two autochthon native breeds: Turcana, named also Zackel (“mountain peasant”, “Romanian”) or Walachian (“Romanian”), is the sheep of Sibiu transhumant shepherds, and Tsigai, the sheep of Braov and Covasna transhumant shepherds. Both are well adapted to the conditions of Romania, but Turcana may be better adapted to the alpine pasture. Tsigai is a medium-wool breed, with good milk and good meat production. Turcana, a long coarse-wool breed, have good milk production, but poor meat production. From the Romanian breeds formed by crossing, Romanian merino breeds (Transylvanian Merino, Merino of Palas, Merino of Cluj) and Karakul are now more important from a numerical point of view. Crossbreeds are scattered almost all over the country.

Turcana sheep - image found here
Turcana sheep – image found here
Tsigai sheep - image found here
Tsigai sheep – image found here

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Romanian mountains - photo by Cinty Ionescu and featured in this album on Flickr and shared under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons License
Romanian mountains – photo by Cinty Ionescu and featured in this album on Flickr and shared under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons License

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Romanian shepherd and his dog - photo by Cinty Ionescu and featured in this album on Flickr and shared under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons License
Romanian shepherd and his dog – photo by Cinty Ionescu and featured in this album on Flickr and shared under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons License

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Witty Shepherd - photo by Cinty Ionescu and featured in this album on Flickr and shared under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons License
Witty Shepherd – photo by Cinty Ionescu and featured in this album on Flickr and shared under a CC BY 2.0 Creative Commons License

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Shepherd in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania - photo found on Wiki Commons and attributable to friend of Darwinek
Shepherd in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania – photo found on Wiki Commons and attributable to friend of Darwinek

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Artist unknown, Costume of a Romanian shepherd, 18th century drawing held in the Hungarian National Museum - photo found in Wiki Commons and attributable to Szilas
Artist unknown, Costume of a Romanian shepherd, 18th century drawing held in the Hungarian National Museum – photo found in Wiki Commons and attributable to Szilas
Mocani (shepherds) - painting by Ion Theodorescu-Sion (1882–1939) - photo found on Wiki Commons and now in the public domain
Mocani (shepherds) – painting by Ion Theodorescu-Sion (1882–1939) – photo found on Wiki Commons and now in the public domain

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Romanian sheep - photo taken from the Moeke Yarns website here
Romanian sheep – photo taken from the Moeke Yarns website here

On the “our story” page of the website the company’s founder, Iona, writes:

I was born in 1978 in Romania in a city called Oradea. That was still during the communist dictatorship. My brother is 3 years younger than me. During those times our parents had to work 6 days a week and the childcare facilities were not great, so our grandparents from my mother’s side took care of us. They lived in a small village surrounded by woods. We grow up in this wonderful place, with the purest air, the cleanest waters and the best food in the world.

Our grandparents were very special persons – loving, caring and hardworking. Especially our grandmother was a very important figure for both me and my brother – she was the glue that kept the family together. She was also very gifted with all things handmade. Not that she had a lot of choice – those times the shops did not have much to offer.

But life moved on: the revolution in 1989 brought the dawn of the communist era, my grandparents passed away, I grew up and followed my dream of becoming a sociologist and my brother started his own little business in Oradea. Maybe because I live now so far away from Romania and my life is so busy, I started to appreciate more and more those times when I was a child – the free and careless life following the natural rhythm of things. I took crocheting and knitting as hobbies as a way to reconnect to that part of my life and to keep alive the memory of my grandmother.

But then, last year, something happened. I went to visit my parents who now live in my grandparents’ house and looking through the things left from my grandmother I found two big bags with yarn. I remember that yarn: was hand-spun by my grandmother 16 years ago because she wanted to weave some bed spreads for us. But then she ran out of time due to a vicious illness…

The moment when I found that yarn was an inspiration to me. I realized that there is a potential there that is lost… Romania has quite a number of traditional sheep breeds and a long tradition in wool processing. But nowadays, due to bad economic circumstances, shepherds cannot sell their wool anymore so they burn it. Such a waste…

My decision to do something about it was immediate. I told my brother about my plan and he was immediately in. We would make yarns from Romanian wool, produced with traditional methods and no harmful chemicals, spun them in a traditional fiber mill and dye them with plants.

And here we are, a year after my holiday in Romania. It was an absolutely amazing adventure this year, but we managed to do what we aimed for: our first minimally processed traditional Romanian yarns are ready! I hope that you will enjoy them just like we enjoy our small contribution to the preservation of the traditional heritage of Romania!

Moeke yarns - photo taken from the Moeke Yarns website here
Moeke yarns – photo taken from the Moeke Yarns website here

We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the history of sheep and wool in Romania, but we hope that Iona’s work will help to maintain the special regionalised farming methods that have developed here.

sample of writing a term paper Links:
Remus Tiplea’s extraordinary photos of traditional Romanian shepherds
Walking with Shepherds by Paul White
Romanian Mountains photo album by Cinty Ionescu
The Ballad of the Romanian Shepherd – BBC magazine
Plugging Pastoralism and The Cloakmaker from the excellent Carpathian Sheepwalk blog
Carpathian Sheepwalk blog archives – 2011 – 2016
Moeke Yarns
The Romanian Tsigai sheep breed, their potential and the challenges for research
Highly recommended blog post about selecting Romanian sheep for Moeke Yarn

As ever, please tell us if any of our information is factually wrong, or if you have any further information to add on this subject; we would love to hear about other wool projects in Romania.

4 thoughts on “Oi și lână în România – sheep and wool in Romania

  1. This was one of the best blogs so far. I was familiar with the yarn but the story is SO inspiring and makes me so sad seeing how the regulations are trying to ‘kill’ them. Thank you.

  2. These issues were brought up at the Paris World Congress of Colored Sheep, 2015. They presented the difficulties of shepherds who raise sheep not deemed marketable by the EU. In several cases, the farmers have hidden sheep of rare breeds from the inspectors, in order to preserve them. This is happening with all the ancient farm animals under the current rules of the EU. One farmers response was to construct three hundred thousand square feet of solar panels on his property, and sell the energy. He could then protect his sheep, and employ modern techniques to expand his flock.

    1. That is so interesting – do you have any documentation or articles for finding more information about the genius solar-panel scheme?

  3. Hi,
    Your action is tremendous! I am part of a project to rehabilitate romanians in their country. They are here in Paris, at every corner of streets, whole families begging, they left their country just to be able to eat here and feed their children. So Françoise and I have just sent a family of 8 back to Vurpar, 27km away from Sibiu, promising them to help them on site. To make it short, we have raised a little money to refurbish their home (no electricity no water) and with some local friends Cristina (Danone) and Carmen (Continental), we help as much as we can, knowing that first thing is to find a job for the 2 men of the family. Every family of the village has sheeps, I spoke to the assistant of the mayor who explained that we could do something in the wool creation process, ie. a wool cooperative; and also a nursery, so that women can work at the coop too … If you have any information to give me or any counceling on how to start, it would be so helpful. Thanks a lot.
    Nathalie

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