“Old times’ artisan professions are dying.”
An article came up the other day on the internet about old Hungarian motifs. The tiny book was written 110 years ago by Szilárd Várdai titled “Hungarian decorative motifs”. The introduction by István Bosznay, artist and art teacher was shocking: he explains how old times’ artisan professions are dying similar to weaving, trimming and embroidery because in the shops,
people can buy anything ready-made and it’s more fashionable than the home- and handmade although it is more expensive; as a result, “Hungarian” decorated things aren’t inherited anymore from parents to children and grandchildren. He also highlights the fact that the home-made garment was stronger and more beautiful, also cheaper but still, people buy in shops. He suggests keeping the motifs in drawings to preserve them.
This introduction was written 110 years ago – seems like today. Although the situation is even worse: people buy even more, the clothes aren’t inherited and the value of handmade and homemade is even less.
It is also sad that the motifs are less known. Nowadays, people call “Hungarian motifs” only two: the one in Kalocsa and the one in Mezőkövesd called matyó.
Our aim is to explore the once so rich folk art in Hungary and show you how diverse it is before it’s all forgotten and see how those motifs can make fashion valuable again.
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This is the very first embroidery I would like to show and describe for you. Remember, my aim is to really guide you around in Hungary and the Basin of Kárpát and to present the colours of folk embroidery in my country of origin. I’ll try my best to write less about...