There was a beautiful dark haired young woman from Romania, Alex who lived here on Kootenay Lake a few years ago. Involved in making beautiful medieval looking clothes, she, her sister and mother came in the shop many times to see the looms. Alex told me that when they left Romania people in the mountains still wove from necessity and that many of the old crafts were still alive. She was concerned that the new connections with Europe would change things and quickly so the last I saw of her, she was off to Romania to film people doing the traditional crafts.