Traditional Romanian Opanaks (Opincuțe) Collection
This Traditional Romanian Opanaks/ Opincuțe Collection is a group of interesting, unique and beautiful hand made replication of genuine traditional Romanian opanaks (called “Opinci” in Romanian language) that they may come in different sizes, colors and materials are made from. They could be made from Genuine Leather or Rubbered Vinyl! They could be Blue, Green Snake Skin, Bricky Gold, Light Gold, Dark Gold or Coffee Brown colors with Romanian Tricolor or same material strings.
This is a DACIAN Opinca (in English: Opanak), and is a traditional footwear accessory in TODAY's Romanian national costume dating since DACIANS (168 BC). This Opinca is actually a design and style of a traditional DACIAN/Romanian OPINCA. This Opinca was made especially to be worn with or without socks, inside or outside of home. It is made from Genuine Leather(1) or Rubbered Vinyl(2), tightened and bordered with Tricolor National Romanian flag colors ribbon (Red & Yellow & Blue).
In this Collection you could find kids or adult sizes footwear or in miniature as keychains. All types could go as souvenirs or gifts ideas for your friends or relatives.
They have been made with love for details and ancient romanian tradition.
1) Materials:Genuine Leather and polyester ribbon;
Colors: Dark Blue, Coffee Brown;
2) Materials: High quality rubbered vinyl
Colors: Bricky Gold, Green Snake Skin, Dark Green Olive, Light Gold, Dark Gold, Golden Leaves, Light Blue;
Dimensions of Opanak:
1) Size 8.5-10.5 Kids size: Fits up to 6.1/4 inches foot length of kid's foot
2) Size 10.5-12.5 Kids size/ or 5-6W/M size: Fits up to 8.1/4 inches foot length of young girl/men.
3) Size DOLL or size 0 (Baby) US Kids. They are about 3 in.long and 1.5 in wide.
If there is an other specific Opanak size or length you would love to order, I DO ACCEPT orders based on your size inquiry. In this situation you have to send me a Note or message regarding this matter, including the length (inches) of the foot you are interested to order the Opanak/opinca for.
A word about OPINCA/Opanak
(Bulgarian: цървул, опинок[a]; Macedonian: опинок; Serbian Cyrillic: опанак)
Opincile are traditional peasant shoes worn in Southeastern Europe (specifically ROMANIA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia). The attributes of the Opinci (name in plural) are: a construction of leather, lack of laces, durable, and various ending on toes. The concept and the word of OPINCA, exists in DACIA , today Romania, since ancient times. In Serbia, the opanak has a diferent design, with a horn-like ending on toes, which indicates the region of origin. The Opinci are considered a national symbol and the traditional peasant footwear for people of Romania.
The “opinca” is a traditional footwear in Romanian clothing dating since the Dacians early times, since 168 BC. Countryside “opinca” were made out of a rectangular piece of leather or rubber, tightened on the foot with the help of thin strings (“nojițe”). The handicraft of making opinci was passed on in the family from father to son. Before 1989 people could really make a living out of it. The opinci, footwear inherited from Dacians, since 168 BC, where worn everywhere. Today, opinci became objects in the museum or souvenirs for Romanians patriots or foreign tourists.
Archeologists found footprints of opinci dating since 2500 before our era, and these were worn by Geto-Dacians. On Traian’s Column in Rome you can see Dacians in outfits resembling those worn by the Romanian countryman and also wear opinci. Archeological findings show that the local population was hunting wild game: foxes, deer, badgers, wolves, bears, whose skins were later manufactured. Te noble ones would wear game skin opinci, the poorer ones would wear calf or swine skin. In the past, opinci were handcrafted out of leather processed at home. The piece of leather had to be larger than the sole, has holes on the side so that a thin string of leather can be filled in and it wraps the piece of leather around the foot, giving it the form of some footwear. The puckered form gave it a sharp tip. The opinci would be worn over wool stockings or white pieces of clothing. Now they are often used by folk dancing bands and by folk artists who are fond of the traditional costume. It was so popular to Romanians and this is why it is still manufactured today, being in the focus of designers who apply various ornaments – stones, colorful strings.