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You don’t normally associate a traditional hat maker with a woman, but in Maramures there is a woman with an understated beauty and genteelness of the soul who is preserving the skills of hat making that her father has passed on to her. All her tools and machines are made with much love by her late father and she is now treasuring them with much reverence. It is her way to connect with her father,she said, and anytime you see her showing and taking about them you notice a subtle smile and her face immediately lightens up. My father talks to me every day, she says, and if I miss one day of work, the machine is either braking the thread or getting stuck as if a voice is saying ..I miss you here every day !Borodi Manuela sits daily at her father’s machine making beautiful traditional hats from Maramures.