Hungarian floral patterns - Kalocsa
The tradition of wall painting and embroidery on home decor 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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South Hungarian folk art motifs
The colorful floral patterns in the area of Kalocsa
Emboidery and wall painting in the villages
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 .
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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 1950's in Hungary .After that huge population flooded the factories of the cities -and many traditions of the villages faded .
Mrs. Andras is doing the needle work while participating a conference on bonnet .Typical way of doing needle work . For many ladies in this area sitting down means doing some embroidery ,
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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 .
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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 extremly 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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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 .
My niece and her friend
Hungarian girls living hundreds of kilometer far from each other
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
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
Here you can see my friend Eva as she is displaying her art in a fair doing the lace work at the same time .
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How to get to Kalocsa ?
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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By hydrofoil -KALOCSA-HAJÓS BY HYDROFOIL
Budapest - Kalocsa-Hajós - 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.
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Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 1.
Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 2 .
Kalocsa Railway Station (vasutallomas)
It is worth visiting however :
Longitude : 18° 59.689' , Latitude : 46° 32.08
Address: Vasút utca ,Kalocsa
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Interesting places to visit in Kalocsa and around 3
Visky Karoly Etnography Museum
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
H-6300 Kalocsa, Malatin tér 5.
+36 78 462 017
Where to stay in Kalocsa
reviews on that hotel
:" On the outside the hotel is very beautiful indeed, but the rooms we got were very basic, and they felt like monk's cell in terms of size, although the decor had some charm. "
"If you are looking for a good value hotel deal that also allows you to use whirlpool and a sauna as a bonus, you may just want to consider it."
"The room was so small and overfurnished that we were tripping over ourselves. The service was really a mixed-bag - from friendly and informative to rude and scammy."
."Overall it is a grate place for those who love familliar athmosphare.I recomend it,and I hope return back in my life"
7 rooms with telephone ,tv ,fridge ,shower , one room has AC
price : 30 -43 euro per night ( breakfast and taxes are NOT included)
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Ket Golya Fogado
this is an inn ... with restaurant , family atmosphere , with rooms with 2, 3 ,4 beds
they can accommodate up to 30 persons
review by me : it is a neat place with friendly staff
you can take your pet
it is far from the center
you need a taxi driver or a map to find the place which is in the green belt in a very quiet neighborhood