The Hungarian embroidery crafts (clothing, doilies, runners, tablecloths, pillowcases, laces and many more) have their old traditions and continue to develop in the present days.
Our store offers you a wide variety of these folk handicrafts.
– All products of FolkArtHungary.com are handmade (embroidery, crocheting, fringes etc.), and they were made by Hungarian craftsmen, mainly in Mezökövesd and Kalocsa.
– The base fabric of most embroideries is cotton or a mix of polyester and cotton, so it’s easy to handle.
We recommend that you separately hand-wash these embroideries (no washing machine if possible) with chlorine-free detergent in lukewarm water. You can also use starch to give strength to the materials. No other special handling is required.
– Most of our products are NEW (unless otherwise indicated), they were not used in any way. However we have a VINTAGE SECTION too, where you can choose from carefully selected, older, quality handicrafts.
Our products represent mostly two main folk regions of Hungary: Kalocsa (South Hungary) and the "Matyó" area (near Mezőkövesd).
About the KALOCSA embroidery
There are many different embroidery solutions and traditions in Hungary, one of the best known of which is Kalocsa style.
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.
These embroideries belong to folk embroidery groups which uses freehand drawings and mixed style of stitching. This also means that in its peculiar style it is not bound to any form, color or stitching technique. Even amongst the rhythmically repeated motives we can find variations. Even if a pattern looks symmetrical at first glance, when examined in details one can see differences in the drawing and colors of the pattern of embroideries of Kalocsa.
About the MATYO embroidery
This is one of the oldest types of embroidery in Hungary, dating back roughly 200 years. It spread in the area of Mezőkövesd, Szentistván and Tard, mostly in the northern part of the Great Plain. It peaked in the first decades of the 1900s, making perhaps the most spectacular pieces of matyo embroidery at this time.
Towards the end of the 19th century, women embroidered more and more motifs, so that the most famous was the peony, which was given a special name: it became the “matyo rose“, which became one of their characteristic motifs.
The Matyo area is united and distinguished from the other settlements of the region by the colourful costumes, famous folklore art and lives tightly interwoven with traditions of the inhabitants. The rich and colourful motives were designed and sketched by so-called “writing” (i.e. drawing) women, who wove the various flowers of their gardens into their clothing.