Class of 2023 • Fashion

Anna Maria Deliu

Anna Maria Deliu
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


‘Daca as fi Primăvară’ (If I were Spring) is a line taken from a poem that I felt best represented my final year work. For my final year, I wanted to create something that paid homage to and celebrated traditional Moldovan textiles and craft. What inspired me to pursue this was my grandmothers hand embroidered table cloths and woven wall carpets. A lot of Moldovan textile objects feature stylised motifs that are inspired by nature. From what I have researched these motifs represented the creator or the wearer of that object, it was a reflection of their connection with their environment; it represented the people of Moldova and acted as a language to narrate their stories. Traditional Moldovan clothing specifically acted as a canvas to portray this visual language. I wanted to create a traditional costume of my own to celebrate and bring light to Moldovan culture and traditional craft, and to also show my own appreciation for my heritage through my contemporary perspective. I took aspects of what makes me feel connected to my roots such as my grandparents home (from my dads side of the family), my grandmothers garden (from my mams side of the family), and my grandmothers embroidery. Being born in Ireland I also wanted to add a decorative element that celebrates that part of my identity. Pursing a degree in textiles and basing my research on traditional Moldovan craft has helped me reconnect to my roots more than ever. Moldova has such a rich and beautiful culture that I feel should be admired and celebrated more.
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