The first time I heard about Mandra Chic was through a wonderful page called “273 de locuri pe care trebuie sa le vezi inainte sa pleci din Romania” – ” 273 places you need to visit before leaving Romania”. The page is founded by Magda Savuica and has now, over 364 000 followers. Impressive. She is promoting Romania through her page, with beautiful places to visit and she is also promoting inspirational Romanians. Magda Savuica was showing pictures of the Mandra Chic t-shirts. I instantly loved them !
Why did I love the Mandra Chic t-shirts so much ? Mandra Chic and Alina Zara caught my attention as I look through the lens of the beauty and meaning coming from Romania. I support people who do something to strengthen the national identity in beautiful projects, in Romania. Mandra Chic does exactly that.
Mandra Chic “speaks my language”. It is a unique t-shirt line with a soul. It is also like a “flyer” for us – people of the year 2013 – to come and discover , appreciate and cultivate the traditions that were prepared by our ancestors. The t-shirts speak the same language as an invitation. They are a true example of where beautiful folklore fusions with modern life.
Alina Zara with one of her Mandra Chic t-shirts.
Second encounter was when a friend of mine suggested that we should support a project around Christmas, donating food and with respect do something for people in the Fagaras area, who needed help. All initiated by Alina and her friend Dana, through Tara Fagarasului .
In February this year I finally got to meet up with Alina Zara and Elena Daniela Graura.
We met up at Elena Daniela, or “Dana” as she is also called, at her restaurant Casa Terra in Fagaras.
We were met by Alina and Dana, with warmth, love and a ” joie de vivre” from both women. Inspirational in their own, special way. “Dana” with her cuisine, taking Transylvanian food and inviting the village, the people , the community, the country of Romania, and I hope: the world, to her table. Alina with her Mandra Chic and her Museum, where she organizes art projects for children and unite the older and younger generations of the Fagaras inhabitants.Alina and Dana are both connected thorough the Tara Fagarasului project.
Alina and Dana, in aprons from Mandra Chic, in Dana’s restaurant.
This picture speak its clear language. Two passionate women. Through their passion they inspire others to enjoy and be proud of the local strengths and beauties in the Land of Fagaras. – To extend it to an even larger perspective: they inspire others to be proud of their Romanian roots and heritage.
Alina and Dana also encourage us to go a bit slower, in this fast paced world.
Take some time to “hear the grass grow” in the wind.
Casa Terra is a dear place. The interior goes in soft, warm tones of yellow, orange, and nature colours. It is easy to feel at home from the moment you come inside. The food taste like a summer day. Fresh and delicious. The presentation of the food is authentic and inviting.
Their work is loved and appreciated in the whole community of Fagaras.
When entering the village of Mandra, which is close by to Fagaras, this is what you see.
– People and stories – the “Tara Cerurilor Deschise – Travel Journal” (initiator and coordinator Alina Zara, along with photos: Marius Blana & Mihai Sin)