Hungarian embroidery is still a favorite of mine since taking 2 Kalocsa embroidery courses from EGA in 2001 & 2002. Matyó or Matyóság is the collective term for the area that supports the arts dedicated to Matyó culture. Hungarian embroidery is typically known for bold designs and bright colors, but Mary Corbet of Needle n' Thread shares this pattern for Hungarian redwork. The History of Hungarian Embroidery. Mezeskalacs, intricately decorated Hungarian gingerbread cookies, are edible works of art with an important cultural heritage. The next stop along my travels through Hungarian embroidery is Matyó (ma-tjo). The world-famous embroidery has a history of more than two hundred years. By Max Falkowitz. Mezőkövesd became famous in an instant not only in Hungary, but beyond the borders as well. Almost all of the work is done by hand. From the 1930s until the 1960s (when she passed away), she designed patterns for needlework and other artistic purposes. It is not a traditional Hungarian embroidery pattern, but it was designed by a Hungarian graphic designer, Lilly Baróthi Zathureczky. The instructor is Eniko Farkas who lives in Ithaca, NY. Matyó embroidery is the most motif- and colour-rich in the country, whether we are considering female or male clothing. Latest. Located in northeastern Hungary, Matyó compromises the three main villages of Mezőkövesd, Tard and Szentistván. It's worked with thick lines of Hungarian braided chain stitch, although you could certainly use a standard chain stitch if you're not ready to learn a new stitch. They began to leave costumes out of everyday life from the 1950s, and only thanks to the ethnographic collection efforts, did the memory of Matyó costume, embroidery and tradition stay alive. Many experts and merchants noticed the unique pieces of embroidery. February 16, 2017. Recipes. Embroidery is possibly the most widely known art type from Hungary. One of the most important traditions in Hungarian needlework is the sharing of needlework patterns and passing them on to others. This type became more popular in 1886, when a folk-art exhibition was hosted in Városliget. The first course’s goal was a colorful embroidered bouquet of stylized flowers in … More Food.