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Hungarian floral patterns

Updated on January 19, 2015

Hungarian floral patterns - Kalocsa

If you happen to travel to Hungary then you might want to visit an area famous for its folk art and paprika production . Kalocsa is 120 km far from Budapest , the capital - it is in the South by the Danube .

The tradition of wall painting and embroidery on home décor and apparel is still a living tradition . Do not miss to see the local craft woman's demonstration , their beautiful heritage house , the folk art museum , the ceramics painting manufacture ...

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The most popular folk art pattern

The floral pattern around Kalocsa is the most popular floral folk pattern in Hungary .

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The Cult of the Needle By Flora Klickmann

Hungarian and other embroideries from Europe . Learn more about this floral style .

 

Goose Eggs with Kalocsai Floral Motifs by Gál Magdolna Dürvángerné

Goose Eggs with Kalocsai Floral Motifs by Gál Magdolna Dürvángerné
Goose Eggs with Kalocsai Floral Motifs by Gál Magdolna Dürvángerné

The colorful floral patterns in the area of Kalocsa

Emboidery and wall painting in the villages

The floral pattern around Kalocsa is the most popular floral folk pattern in Hungary .It's widely used to advertise the country - to sell souvenirs -but it represents only a small area of South Hungary .There 's an area around 120km from the capital,Budapest ,by the Eastern bank of Danube where this style of floral pattern was developed by simple villagers .

Around 150 years ago here the style of embroidery was not so colorful : the wool available for embroidery were of limited color -or faded quickly .Blue and red ,black an red patterns were common in that era.Later when more colors were available then this floral decorations became bigger and multicolor This used to be the wear of the peasants ,farmer women , agricultural laborers in that specific area -and only the Hungarian Catholic peasants used to get dressed this way .It was a cheap solution of having a great Sunday best -as the base material of these clothes was cotton . Having a silk dress used to be a sign of great luxury and these villagers could afford it only once in a lifetime if ever .The bride used to wear a plain black dress made of silk .She used to wear the same dress for funerals and when she died she was buried in this expensive outfit .It used to worth the price of a cow . But her other outfit for her special occasions was embroidered by herself and she could wear it when going to church ,to parties and other special occasions .

The Bride 's black dress

Colorful embroidered outfits were used for special occasions .However the bride used to wear black silk dress for her own great day -while the guests were all dressed in colors .

the bride in black - a snapshot from the museum

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The most popular motifs are :big roses ,small roses ,budding roses ,lily ,tulips ,poppy ,pansy .Clothes ,table clothes are decorated by those motifs radiating joy of life and passion . The vivid colors

of this style were reserved for younger generations .When women became grandmothers they stopped wearing anything decorated with pink or red flowers and changed this colorful style into green and blue patterns .Villagers used to call it "old style " .

This colorful embroidered outfits were not for every day use -but for special occasions .However the bride used to wear black silk dress for her own great day -while the guests were all dressed in colors .

This style of clothing was live tradition until the 1950s in Hungary .After that huge population flooded the factories of the cities -and many traditions of the villages faded .

Mrs. Andras is doing the needlework while participating a conference on bonnet .Typical way of doing needle work . For many ladies in this area sitting down means doing some embroidery ,

Emilia is ready to go to her school's United Nations Day in Kalocsai costume in Singapore .

Emilia  is ready to go to her school's United Nations Day in Kalocsai costume in Singapore .
Emilia is ready to go to her school's United Nations Day in Kalocsai costume in Singapore .

the old style : white in white

the old style : white in white
the old style : white in white

INTERESTING FACTS

-27 color is used nowadays in the South Hungarian embroidery though originally it was totally white

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Hotel Hilton Budapest has a Kalocsa restaurant where every thingis decorated with this pattern

- White in white patterns are very popular as table clothes ,or blouses among the Western tourists . The Japanese like the colorful style in a lace background ,while French women prefer the style of 100 back .Like here

- when painting this style peasant women use simple tempera mixed with white of egg which make the wall- painting last longer

- the traditional wedding was very beautiful though the bride was dressed in black - but all the guests were wearing the multicolored outfits and were dancing with embroidered pillows - the black dress actually was a nice contrast

-the Kalocsa style folk art shows much similarity with the North Indian folk art from Kashmir

- originally it was the wear of the poor who wished to have nice dresses like the rich but could not afford those fashionable items made in factories -this way they tried to create their own handmade versions-that by the time became famous and more expensive than the factory made items

- the women of that area decorate their surroundings with great enthusiasm including churches ,railway station ,toilet doors ,priest 's robe .

The Real Madrid soccer team's goalkeeper on Facebook asked  his supporters to design a glove for him for the Saturday match against Barcelona Spain.

Many Hungarian candidates were on track but Csonka Gergo studying in Barcelona led competition  virtually from the beginning . Unfortunately the image that one had to vote  for was removed by Facebook several times, so he had to start all again. However, no effort was futile, just 20 hours after the submission of his design five thousand votes came up, so he won the glove design competition.

Iker Casillas has promised that the winner glove-maker can get two tickets to the 10 December match and get that dedicated glove from him .

Wedding dress with kalocsai floral motifs . From the collection of Rozsa szalon .

Intellectuals and the kalocsai flowers

Just to illustrate how important this traditional style is-a cultural program was organised in Budapest 's most prominent intellectual club in the Kossuth club on January 28th . There were years when educated people regarded these flowers as simple junk .Luckily this is the past. Nowadays more and more artists include those motifs in their artwork .One of them is the Hungarian fashion designer - Tunde Hrivnak .Her collection will be shown as well .
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A retired mechanical engineer in Hungary was extremely bored at home .When he retired, he suddenly does not know what to do eight hours a day ...He had seen some female relatives doing the kalocsai style lacework when he decided he would try it himself .That is how Boján Imre became a recognised artist of this type of folk art .

The single girl

She is wearing traditional ribbon hair decoration .That used to be the wear of single girls . Married women had a bonnet .Grandmothers used to give up the colorful style and changed it for a one without vivid colors .

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Floral patterns made by Auntie Teri

Floral patterns made by Auntie Teri
Floral patterns made by Auntie Teri

Little Girls at Kindergarten party

This picture was taken in a South Hungarian village around 1993 .Little girls are dancing at the party while dressed in the folk costume kalocsai style - made by their grandmas .These grandmas usually spend a lots of time and energy on making a costume like that and it makes them very proud to see their grand daughters wearing that .

Folk costume made for the sake of a photo

Nowadays women do less embroidery than before .Grandmothers do an outfit for their little granddaughters - for the sake of a photo -or for other special occasions .

Hungarian friends in traditional wear

Hungarian friends in traditional wear
Hungarian friends in traditional wear

My niece and her friend

Hungarian girls living hundreds of kilometer far from each other

My brother lives in South Hungary .Close to that area where these floral motifs are so famous !

MY niece got a full costume from her grandma !

Her friend arrived from hundreds of kilometer far , from Transylvania . It is home of more than 2 millions of Hungarians . Their traditional wear is so different !

As a sign of their friendship they exchanged their costumes and posed for a photo here !

Photo taken in May 2009 ,Hungary

traditions preserved

Nowadays women do less embroidery than before .Grandmothers do an outfit for their little grand daughters - for the sake of a photo -or for very special occasions .However this colorful style of folk art is still very popular home décor and it is used by special wall painter women as well .If you happen to go to that area and you visit some of the surrounding villages ( Szakmar ,Oregcserto ,Homokmegy ) you may see local women sitting on benches in front of their houses chatting and embroidering table clothes or bedclothes .As it can be sold for tourists -embroidery is made by cottage industry in that area .It's some kind of part time job for many women who do it in their free time .

There is a small china painting manufacture where these famous patterns are applied by hand on vase ,plates and mugs .

White in white patterns are very popular as table clothes ,or blouses among the Western tourists . The Japanese like the colorful style in a lace background ,while French women prefer the style of 100 back .

Vastly commercialized- the tradition is preserved mainly -because these villagers feel very great pride on these style -and mothers teach their daughters on their art .

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The lacework called riselio

the craft made by machine

Around the colorful or white handmade floral pattern you can see sometimes lace work .It is called "riselio " and it might have some French origin . The riselio is made by sewing machine with special settings .It is a really difficult thing to do . First a hole is cut into the material then the thread is passed to fill the hole .Some looks like a spider others will look like shell or floral pattern .

Here you can see my friend Eva as she is displaying her art in a fair doing the lace work at the same time .

Beautiful embroidery of the above artist

Beautiful embroidery of the above artist
Beautiful embroidery of the above artist

How to get to Kalocsa ?

By car : from Budapest you take the road 51 and it will take you to the town .

120 km south

By train - unfortunately the railway station was just closed down some years ago - though its floral decorated walls and wood carvings make it unique in the world ! However if you are a fan of railways - then you can go to the Transdanubian city called Szekszard from Delipalyaurdvar railway station ,Budapest . Once you arrived then just walk to the bus station where you take the bus to Kalocsa . It takes one hour to get there .You will cross a bridge over the Danube .Photo is a must !

By bus : from Nepliget bus station /Budapest - buy ticket for "gyorsjarat" that stops only once or twice and takes you there within two hours


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Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 1. - 1.heritage house

A traditional peasant house . Its walls are richly decorated by floral paintings traditionally made by peasant women .They had a room for great occasions which were especially colorful.

Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 2 .

Kalocsa Railway Station (vasutallomas)

The original station was built in 1885-by Gabor and in 1937-38 it was transformed by Rökk Charles Louis . The rebuilt station building was decorated then by local peasant 's folk wood carving and floral painting . The unique station building was later preserved as a protected monument .. . It has been a small but lively station with five daily trains until recently - but closed down some years ago due to the systemic termination of small stations in Hungary .

It is worth visiting however :

Vasútállomás (Kalocsa)

Longitude : 18° 59.689' , Latitude : 46° 32.08

Address: Vasút utca ,Kalocsa


Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 3

Visky Karoly Etnography Museum

Location : Main street also called Szent Istvan ut number 25

tel :36/78/462-351

Email: info@viskikarolymuzeum.hu

The ethnographic collection of 6742 pieces with a wide range of materials, including textiles, furniture, pottery, archival photos, wood, mats, iron, glass, etc.. instruments, , which were widely used in peasant's culture .The most valuable and most interesting part is the textile, which has been preserved for us in the Kalocsa folk art and memories of costumes of different periods, from 19 mid-century to today. It is really very exciting to see how this floral style improved from tiny two colored flowers into huge multicolored patterns .In the last room you can admire the beauty of the wedding scene . While the bride is wearing black dress all the female guest are wearing multicolor outfits .

Hungarian China cup with floral motifs and paprika
Hungarian China cup with floral motifs and paprika

Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 4

China Painting Manufacture

This place is worth visiting to see how the original folk art is used in the decoration of luxurious Herend pocelain . If you contact them then they can arrange for you a live decoration show .Kalocsai Porcelánfestő Manufaktúra

Address:

H-6300 Kalocsa, Malatin tér 5.

Phone/fax:

+36 78 462 017

E-mail:

porcelanfesto@t-online.hu

Website:

www.kalocsaiporcelan.hu

Plate in Kalocsa style work in progress

Plate in Kalocsa style   work in progress
Plate in Kalocsa style work in progress

Hungarian floral patterns

Links on the floral pattern and practical infos on the area .

Antique kalocsai embroidery

Do you like this floral style ?

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Well, you probably already know that 'I love Hungary' too and ANYTHING that is Hungarian or made in Hungary! You're off to a great start with your lens -- may I suggest that you add a picture to your intro paragraph plus more text and a TOC. A couple of Polaroid modules could showcase your items. And, think about adding more text modules to break out segments of 'The colorful floral patterns in the area of Kalocsa.' Oh, I love Kalocsa and have actually done a lens too. I'd love to have you join my Everything Eastern European group: http://www.squidoo.com/groups/eee.

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      almawad 8 years ago

      Dear Julie !

      Thank you for your advice

      Being a beginner here I need them - and I try my best to improve this page .Certainly ,I will join your group and I'll be back to your page to read more on Hungary .

      Love : Alma

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      To join my groups here are the links:

      http://www.squidoo.com/group/pick_lens/eh

      http://www.squidoo.com/group/pick_lens/eee

      and then add your lens from the drop down.

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Thanks for visiting Cajun Night Before Christmas. I like your CafePress designs. You've made a good start on this lens, but like Julie said, you need more pictures and a paragraph in the introduction. Save some pictures of your Cafepress products and put them into Polaroid modules.

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      almawad 8 years ago

      Dear naturegirl !

      Thank you for your advice .I managed to realize some of them !

      alma

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Everybody thinks of Kalocsa embroideries when speaking about the Hungarian embroidering traditions, as only this would exist in Hungary? Have you ever seen embroideries from Western Hungary or Békés County? They are also very very colourful, usually made with wool. On reguest I can send photos. Best wishes, Dora, dfrankorama@gmail.com

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      almawad 8 years ago

      [in reply to Dora Frank] HI Dora !

      It is true - that the flowers of Kalocsa are overshadowing the folk art of other areas of Hungary .

      I love folk art - and the different motifs and hope to find enough time to make a lens on other areas art as well .

      I think I provided fair info on this when I mentioned that this style belongs only to a small area .

      Your pictures are welcome !

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      AnnaleeBlysse 8 years ago

      Nice. This style reminds me a little of rosemaling from Scandinavian countries.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Beautiful items! FYI -- I too LOVE love love Hungary! Welcome to Everything Hungarian group. Please consider joining my Everything Eastern European group too!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. especially your 'interesting facts' - they truly are interesting :)

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      susansavad 8 years ago

      These designs are just beautiful. I was a textile design major in art school and I am always interested in designs from other countries. I also enjoyed all the interesting facts that you have on this lense.

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      ArtistsUnite 8 years ago

      Hi alma,

      dunno why yours doesn't work, Tom was successful.

      I am on here since a long while, but never got the hang of it.

      I'll give it another go, since they changed a lot since I was last here one year ago ;)

      Thanks for the tips though :)

      Your floral patterns are beautiful, I think I've told you that already, no?

      ;)

      Anyhow, wishing you a great weekend :)

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      ArtistsUnite 8 years ago

      Hey there,

      I hope you get it solved.

      I think it's on your side. Tom tried it after you and it worked for him :/

      Weird!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Very pretty items, nice info, 5***** from a part-Hungarian fellow Zazzler ;)

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      Wow! Those are some beautiful patterns! Very interesting! Thanks

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      BleuMoonsAttic 8 years ago

      Very beautiful and lovely floral designs. This lens is just wonderful. Great Work! 5* and faved.

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      almawad 8 years ago

      Thank you for all !

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      morris27 8 years ago

      Beautiful Designs

      Morris

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      almawad 8 years ago

      [in reply to morris27] thank you Morris !

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      ctavias0ffering1 7 years ago

      Stunning lens. I have had an interest in embroidery, both patterns and stitches, since I was a teenager. Hungarian embroidery is fascinating and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      My mother taught me how to embroider when I was very young. I still like to do it and have some pretty pieces. I would love to learn how your friend does it by machine. It is so very beautiful! 5*s and favored this lens.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Here again. I got so carried away with the beauty of your lens and artwork that I forgot to invite you to visit my Staycation lens and leave a link so that I may feature your art work there. It is a lens promoting Art/Artists. Hope to see you there.

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      almawad 7 years ago

      [in reply to LaraineRose]

      I wish I could make a little tutorial on the embroidery ! The machine is a pedal push vintage sewing machine . Some small alternations needed to make the lace work . Then she has the white cotton piece that the motifs are printed on . she cuts carefully a tiny hole then she passes the white thread through this hole to get different shapes " spider web' , "star"

      this lace is very stiff .

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      semas 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens with breathtaking designs.I have learnt about a new art today,thank you!

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      almawad 7 years ago

      Thank you for coming .... This is my wish to make people know more about my country ...

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      kalocsai 7 years ago

      wow! I painted the video -Erika passio@kalocsakom.hu

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      almawad 7 years ago

      Hi kalocsai !

      I am very glad to see a real painter woman from Kalocsa on my page . I would be happy if you shared your art ,ideas ,images here with us .

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful! Makes me want to go to Hungary.

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      almawad 7 years ago

      I hope Brenda that you will be able to go and see it in person ! Nice to meet you here at squidoo !

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      orebro 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Very nice!

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      almawad 6 years ago

      I am glad you came and enjoyed the visit !

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      I'm fascinated by folk art florals but I had forgotten about the Hungarian version. Love it!

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      almawad 6 years ago

      Well , this is not the only version of Hungarian folk art . This is called kalocsai - but if you are interested in that topic then find by google these styles " kalotaszegi" , "matyo" ,"buzsaki"

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      svetico 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens for a beautiful art!

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      almawad 6 years ago

      Thank you for your nice comment !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by my lens ,returning the favor,

      tweeted your product here: http://twitter.com/MGdezigns/status/15042356197724...

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      JVandewalker LM 6 years ago

      It seems that Kalocsa is the place to be for floral style. Thanks for sharing this info!

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      almawad 6 years ago

      Yes it is famous for this style .

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      almawad 6 years ago

      Yes it is famous for this style .

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      judit 6 years ago

      wonderful photos, now i will really have material for painting my kitchen with hungarian floral style.thank you.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Loved my visit to your lovely "garden" and have lens-rolled you to my Ancient Embroidery Patterns

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      I love it- but then I love everything Magyar :)

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      Gorgeous! I had no idea! Thanks for the info

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      Such a lovely lens. I had once an embroidered blouse from Hungary, many years ago. Haven't out it on for years. It must be somewhere in the house.

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      Forgot to say that I joined your fan club

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens and floral patterns. I love the Kalocsai floral motifs.

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi Ver beautiful lovely floral patterns. i wish you a Happy easter. anna

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      amazing. what a lovely floral designs. little girls at kindergarten party is eyecatching.

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Such beautiful floral art work. I learnt a little bit more about Hungary through your lens. Thank you.

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Breautiful floral patterns. I have a blouse similar to the one sold at Etsy. I got it from my grandfather years ago at my graduation (and yes, I've lived in Hungary for many years).

      Szia!

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      I love it and think you did a beautiful job on this lens

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Yes, I like Hungarian floral style since when I was a child and I first saw it on a doll some friends brought to me. Thank you for the lens, I´ll keep it in mind when finally I´ll visit Hungary!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      It is so nice to see old traditions preserved and presented to the younger generations that live a faster life style. These patterns are beautiful and the stitching work amazing. I know how time consuming these crafts are because my aunt and my mom do some of that. Beautiful lens, angel blessed! :)

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      The floral patterns are beautiful and I love all the colors.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Charming!

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      almawad 5 years ago

      it is my pleasure to see everyone here and reading your comments ...this is the national craft month in the US .. may this page be an inspiration for you all

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      almawad 5 years ago

      Thank you daria369 for blessing this lens :)

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Interesting ! Excellent lens !

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I love this style. It is so colorful yet not fussy. Just beautiful.

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      chookyco 5 years ago

      Interesting view of other peoples traditional dress, thanks very much.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      The work is so beautiful! Thank you so much for introducing it to me - wonderful article!

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      almawad 5 years ago

      KateHon,chookyco ,agoofyidea ,brynimagire - I am happy that ypu like my lens about kalocsai floral motifs -come again !

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      beautiful lens...I love typical folklore of all eastern european countries

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      These Hungarian designs are lovely.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      It's beautiful.

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      Barbara2659 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Beautiful motifs! Great info too. They look great on zazzle products. Once I painted one motif on a red roof tile. It looked lovely.

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      almawad 4 years ago

      I feel really touched when reading that in Greece you know about this art style !

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      i love kalocsai floral style, and i love your beautiful lens.

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