Maramures is located in the geographical heartland of Europe. Maramures is a land of wooden churches, mythological richness, impressive landscapes and very ancient customs. It has carefully preserved the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of a medieval peasant past.. Maramures is one of the few zones where the folk costume has been preserved almost unaltered by urban influences. Maramures traditional costumes are impressive through beauty and simplicity. Each ethnographic region has a local specific when it comes to costume. For instance, the costume of the Land of Lapus is much more elegant than the one from the Historical Maramures. In the land of Maramures, the defining elements of the women's clothing are: a kierchief, white shirt with sleeves ended in cuffs and flounces, ample skirts, covered by the two aprons with horizontal stripes colored according to the social status and region (usually black alternating with red, yellow or orange).