Yesterday (August 18) was the Festival of Folk Arts, more specifically the "Mesterségek Ünnepe" at the Buda Castle.
It was heartwarming to see all the traditional Art forms of Hungary kept up by professionals, I was allowed to accompany our friends the Vajdas, the parents are both Folk Dance teachers, the mother is also a Folk Art teacher. Walking arund the booths with Mrs Vajda is an amazing experience, she looks at a shirt or an outfit and can tell you which area it is from, how old it is, what are the significant motifs. It is absolutely stunning. She let me know that there is an ancient pomegrenate motif used in the embroidery of Kalotaszeg.
|From the Museum of Folk Art|
There were a lot of things to buy, great many articles of beauty and talent... but I'm one to abstain from consumerist reactions (at least I do try); thus, as I did not buy anything I cannot take a picture of any goods for you my dear reader. I was quite angry with myself for that I had a doctor's appointment and had thought I would be able to return home to pick my camera, but alas I had no chance for this as too much time was wasted, waiting at the hospital.
Let me share a few artists we talked to and admired:
- the Vajda's favourite jeweller:
Laták Zsuzsanna who also has a published book called Gyöngyös drótékszerek
- Igéző, a group of fashion designers using ancient Hungarian motifs in modern wear. They make clothes that I always wished for, taking elements of our rich history and placing that into high class designs. Naturally this means that there goods are pricey, but it's comforting to know that this exists.
- Enamel jeweller Paál Sándor. Unfortunately he does not have a site, but he is my favourite, I have seen his work at other festivals in Hungary, I especially love his works where he includes female figures as they have a true fairytale feel (I cannot find any pictures of these types of work).
- Bomo Art, they had beautiful handmade journals, and beautiful wrapping papers, many with female fashion figures from the turn of the century (we all know which turn, don't we? ;D) I have a soft spot for stationery as I am sure all who dwelleth upon countries in the rich lands of Art.
- Németh Gabriella of Mente Minta. They make traditional "Paszomány", decorative ribbons formed into shapes (something that has got popular in modern wear all over the world in the last few years).
|Paszománt from the Liszt Ferenc Museum of Sopron|
Paszomány-típusok: Sarkantyús pozsonyi vitézkötés, nagy-pozsonyi vitézkötés, pozsonyi vitézkötés (2 darab), malomkerék vitézkötés (2 darab), kétszíves vitézkötés, vitézkötés, négyszíves vitézkötés, kissarkantyús vitézkötés, szerb vitézkötés, mente vitézkötés, csillag vitézkötés (2 darab) (19–20. sz.) Liszt Ferenc Múzeum, Sopron
This a version of the song "", The Csík Zenekar has used on of my favourites in it as well: Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
As an ending note, dear reader: who else is excited about the new Effie movie coming out next year (according to imdb)? The script was written by Emma Thompson and filming will begin this autumn. It is about Effie Gray, who after an unsuccessful marriage with Ruskin married the great Sir John Everett Millais.