There are many different embroidery solutions and traditions in Hungary, the best known of which are Matyo and Kalocsa. This is why the two embroideries tend to confuse many, although the difference between them is considered to be heaven and earth.
In the south, at the edge of the Alföld, live the most colorfully dressed Hungarian ethnographic group, the Matyós. Mezökövesd is the centre of Matyóland.
For the 33rd time this year, the Budavár Palace will be transformed into a Carpathian Basin holiday for craftsmen. It has nearly a thousand craftsmen, hundreds of performers, a full-day stage program, crafts shows and folk playhouses.
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.
Living traditions - connected often with special times of the year like the Easter holidays, harvest or Christmas - are basically rather similar in the whole country, but regional differences add to the overall attractiveness: the mixture of various national minorities living in a relatively small geographical area provides tourists with a complex supply of traditional experiences.
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 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. Mezökövesd earned its nationwide reputation based on its unique costumes and free-hand embroidery 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. A magnificent folk art has developed in Kalocsa and its region concentrated in the town itself.