|Hungarian Kalocsa Embroidery: A Vision of Beauty
Patricia L. Cummings
Ever since I saw some examples of Kalocsa embroidery online, I have been in love with it. This file is being set up to show
a few examples that I have personally collected. Together, they provide a view of the type of filled embroidery motifs
common to this kind of embroidery that often depicts flowers.
Kalocsa apron made for a child. Notice all the beautiful details!
Hungarian Doily with a floral center
In an online article in which she is quoted, Eniko Farkas states that "Hungarians comprised the largest pre-WWI immigrant
group in my new home of Ithaca, New York." In addition, a large group of refugees came to the United States during the
1956 Hungarian Revolution. Instead of waiting for someone else to write the history of her people, she self-published a
booklet in 1986 titled, "They Were Not Well To Do People, But Having a Piano Was Important." The story is based on oral
interviews. In addition to that publication, she adds a more recently-prepared book: Hungarian Cuisine and Personal
Memories: Everything from Budget Cooking to Elegant Dining.
Hungarian Kalocsa Doily with a cheerful floral center
Hungary is known for its Cross Stitch, Outline Stitch Embroidery with Sayings, Lace making, and Folk Embroidery.
Kalocsa is a type of embroidery named for the city from which it originated in the Great Plain region. Beautiful embroidered
garments are made in the Matyo Region of Hungary. I also have a beautiful little round box made of felted wool that is
embroidered and was a gift from someone who went to Hungary.
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