The whole Borca family, from Breb, puts finishing touches on one of the 40 haystacks it makes each summer.
More sheep used to graze in the highest mountain pastures, but an increasing number of flocks now occupy fields near the villages. Some shepherds say that sheep in the lowland meadows are less beautiful, perhaps because thereâs less rain than in the surrounding highlands to wash them off.
Corn is shelled, then fed to the cattle. Ion Petric and his wife, Maria Vraja, who live in Breb, help out their neighbors’ daughter, seven-year-old Adriana Țânțaş. Transylvanian family life and village life remain intimately bound up with the needs and services of farm animals.
Cousins Anuța and Magdalena Mesaroș, 17, are on their way to a wedding in Sat Șugatăg, Maramureș.
Every member of a Transylvanian family plays a part in the farming life. Eight-year-old Anuța, from Bogdan Vodă in the north, helps with the cows and sheep.
Mothers and grandmothers like Maria Pop, from Cornești, spinning raw wool at home, devote hundreds of hours a year to making traditional embroidered clothes for their families.
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Rena Effendi Photography