Community Development through Trade
The tzigania at Glodeni – known to the locals as “Serbia” ”, like it were a “foreign land”, where live a “foreign people” speaking a “foreign language” that could just as well be “Serbian” – or to coin a phrase, ‘it’s Greek to me’ - is a community comprised of basket-makers, a trade transcending time and space to their Domba Hindu-Indian roots. This once prolific Gypsy trade is today very hard to find since the onset of industrialization and modern trade methods. The basket-making tradition of Glodeni Gypsies has endured the ravages of time by furthering their skill into a wider range of produce including furniture. The vast majority of 2000 residents earn their living from the baskets. The Glodeni Gypsies are also well known for the extraordinary Transylvanian Gypsy dance skills
Serbia functions as a cooperative society with each courtyard running its own family run basket-weaving “factory”. The basket making is a family affair that involves all members: husband, wife, young, old, very old and also children play a role. They work the Gypsy entrepreneurial business style of following the full cycle of productivity: freely gathering the raw material - preparing the reed - weaving the baskets - and finally hawking the wares through the village streets. Centuries have passed and very little has changed; even the tools remain the same, a Gypsy knife
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The Gypsy community at Glodeni invites YOU into the community to stay at Gypsy-Fest Hostel set in the very heart of tzigania by the communal well dubbed the “nightclub” because of the gathering and the music they play; once the music strikes the dancing starts up. This carries on all day and night…. “Dancing in the streets” is not a cliché here, yet when the music plays the Gypsies dance.
Glodeni is a fascinating place. It’s fun and exciting and yet from a sociological perspective is full of learning. Carpe diem living and spontaneity fuel the daily routine. Thing happen suddenly and often it’s the unexpected. You never know what is going to happen. Expect the unexpected- that is tzigania at Glodeni
Our collaberation with the community has created a wonderful opportunity for YOU, our guests. The offered (NW low) rate has made it economically feasible for all people: rich, poor, or student, to relax and stay a while, absorb the rhythms of tzigania and participate in some of our learning programs. Come out of your tzigania visit with much more than an memorable experience
We are happy to have created an opportunity for our guest to come in and experience yet more than that to enrich your state of mind through our Gypsy School program. We recommend participating in taking a sessions in the Gypsy house setting and learn the ancient trade passed down from father to son for over 1000 years. Bring home a craft that you can practice at home. The reed used in basket-making grew prolifically throughout Europe and spread with the Gypsies from India – with the Bosa of Armenia – through Byzantium – into the Balkans and to the far reaches of the British Isles
We also offer sessions in learning the dance. Learn the wild steps that you can practice in the streets with locals until you get it right – and ultimately take the wild Gypsy style to the disco back home and incorporate its new moves into your own repertoire
LOCATION: We are at Glodeni, Mures, Romania: cenetered between Targu Mures City and town Reghin.
Public transportation to and from us on regular basis. Various travel options and directions coming soon.
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