Kalocsa Embroidery – Patterns & Designs

2008. June • 14.

The art of Kalocsa Embroidery was born in the second half of the 19th century. Originally the needlework was only white and the embroidery patterns were merely made up by holes. The compositions were very simple and clearly arranged. The motifs were borrowed from nature: clusters of grapes, lilacs, lilies of the valley, roses, forget-me-nots, violets delighted the eyes. At the end of the 19th century, the art of Kalocsa embroidery went through creative innovations. The holes of the pattern designs were filled but there were also many artists who liked to combine the two needlework styles. The motifs of tulip, lily, paprika, corn in the ear appeared at that time. In the Gallery you can see both rare old white Kalocsa style hand embroidery and traditional coloured Kalocsa hand embroidery: Runners, Doilies, Tablecloths.

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