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Hungarian floral patterns
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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TojÃ¡sdiszÃtÃ©s-CsipketojÃ¡sok - painted eggs - lacework decoration on eggs
GÃ¡l Magdolna DÃ¼rvÃ¡ngernÃ© painted and pierced eggs displayed on a facebook page
Goose Eggs with Kalocsai Floral Motifs by GÃ¡l Magdolna DÃ¼rvÃ¡ngernÃ©
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
DECORATIVE MOTIFS IN YOUR HOME
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 .
the old style : white in white
-27 color is used nowadays in the South Hungarian embroidery though originally it was totally white
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 .
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 BojÃ¡n 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 .
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
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
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 .
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
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
By hydrofoil -KALOCSA-HAJÃS BY HYDROFOIL
Budapest - Kalocsa-HajÃ³s - Budapest theme hydrofoil line
DEPARTURES: 19 JUNE - 31 JULY - 14 AUGUST - 28 AUGUST
The theme liner is also available for groups on weekdays during the season from April to October.
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 RÃ¶kk 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 :
Longitude : 18Â° 59.689' , Latitude : 46Â° 32.08
Address: VasÃºt 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
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 .
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 PorcelÃ¡nfestő ManufaktÃºra
H-6300 Kalocsa, Malatin tÃ©r 5.
+36 78 462 017
Plate in Kalocsa style work in progress
Hungarian floral patterns
Links on the floral pattern and practical infos on the area .
- Etnographical Museum Kalocsa
It has wonderful photos on the colorful wear of Kalocsa area .You can see the old style and the new one - you can spot the bride in black . Descriptions only in Hungarian
- floral sketches -and embroidered articles
a book on the topic is scanned and displayed here
- video on decorating a plate
the process of creation can be seen here with a lots of motifs
- floral motifs free download
wonderful kits of floral motifs can be downloaded here free of charge -for personal use only - great for scrap booking !
- MY HUNGARIAN HOME DÉCOR
Home décor with unique design by Alma Wad inspired by the designer 's homeland .
- Ildiko's page
a local craft woman from the area is displaying her artwork and giving details on the folk art of this area
- eva's embroidery
unique artwork made by a local folk artist Eva
- Kalocsa dolls
You will find here handmade soft dolls in different costumes .You will see the style of single girls ,then the married ones and the grandma doll .
- Collection of Hungarian Folk Motifs
An old book teaching kids how to draw old Hungarian floral motifs is scanned .Excellent way to learn to draw and paint these flowers . There is a map added to learn more about different areas and their different motifs in Hungary
- Kalocsa 's floral pattern
Get inspiration by these scanned pattern collection ...
- Himzes link kollenkcio Embroidery link collection
Find a lots of useful links here to Hungarian embroidery pages - if you are interested in folk art motifs then click on the links bellow NEPI HIMZESEK headline
- Flowers of Kalocsa - vintage embroidery pattern book
A vintage book on the world-renowned colorful floral embroidery traditions of Kalocsa, Hungary. This book was published in the 1980s and remains a classic, the most comprehensive of the handful of available books dedicated to the subject.More info on
- Custom embroidery on modern items
Here you can order denim jacket ,T-shirts , canvas shoes embroidered with kalocsai flowers . The page is in Hungarian only .