Here you can find a few interesting articles about the main folk regions of Hungary, meaning of colors in art and so on. Happy reading!


Mezökövesd - The city of Matyos

matyo brideIn the south, at the edge of the Alföld, live the most colorfully dressed Hungarian ethnographic group, the Matyós. Mezökövesd is the centre of Matyóland. The fame of Szentistván and Tard was founded on the rich imagination and fabulously patterned embroidery of their clever embroiderers.



Kalocsa embroidery and folk art

The folk art of Kalocsa represents a peculiar color in the splendid bunch of flowers of Hungarian folk art. Not only has it a rich past, but it is still living, flourishing, developing richly and brilliantly. A magnificent folk art has developed in Kalocsa and its region concentrated in the town itself.



Hollokö - A World Heritage site

Hollókö hides among the undulations of the Cserhát hills about 100 km from Budapest in a picturesque setting. The history of the village goes back to the 13th century, when after the Mongol invasion the castle was built on Szár hill. The name (holló=raven, kö=stone) perhaps, comes from the legend in which the lord of a castle stole a pretty maiden, whose nurse was a witch. The nurse made a pact with the devil to rescue the girl. The devil's minions, disguised as ravens, took the stones of the castle away and the castle of Hollókö was built on top of the rock here. It is well worth walking up to the ruins; there is an exhibition of the remains of weapons found here, cannonballs and rock carvings.


Meaning of colors in Hungarian embroidery folk art

In what way are folk songs different from other songs, and folk art different from the fine or applied arts? The answer is quite simple: both reflect a traditional folk way of thinking and imagery. The culture of Hungarian people developed during many centuries of peasant farming and husbandry. 
Objects decorated with folk symbols with artistic skillfulness, which are today considered interesting rarities, were once the necessities of everyday life, and their ornaments were in perfect harmony with their forms and materials.


Folklore art as a tourist attraction in Hungary

Tourists are attracted by three major forms of culture: those which are inanimate and do not involve human activity, those which are reflected in the daily life of host communities, and those which are animated. Based on this categorization, inanimate forms of Hungarian folk culture as tourist attraction include primarily folk architecture and folk art objects.



A distinctive region of embroidery art: the Matyo area

The Matyo area is located in the Northern part of Hungary. The region consists of three settlements, Mezökövesd (the centre) and two villages, Szentistván and Tard.

The word "Matyo" comes from the name "Mátyás" (legend says that King Mátyás gave Mezökövesd the title of "free royal town" in 1464) 

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