My journey started in Canada – born to Hungarian parents and speaking a mix of English and Hungarian. Growing up, my mother and grandmother passed down their skills and knowledge about embroidery, food and traditions.
After living in Hungary in the 1990’s and travelling, I discovered that all embroidery follows a pattern of life & death, nature & nurture and love & purity. I hope my shop and blog reflect this.
Living in Bournemouth, Dorset, with my English husband, children and lunatic pets, I hope you enjoy all you find on this website.
The items featured on the website are purchased from under privileged regions of Hungary and Romania, giving artists a means of supplementing their income while preserving the slowly disappearing traditions of their region.
I hope you find the love and passion reflected in the pieces I have curated for you. Each item is either purchased directly from the artisan or a women’s collective and sold at a fair price for all.
Hungarian embroidery was first officially documented around 1,000 A.D. when the first king, Stephen, wore a richly embroidered robe made from gold thread. It can still be seen in the National Museum in Budapest and is considered an important relic. There is evidence of embroidery before that time, but it was around 1,000 A.D. that cottage industries in embroidery and weaving grew, reaching it’s zenith in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Although outfits were embroidered, Hungarian embroidery tended to focus on textiles e.g a girls wedding could not take place until her wedding trousseau of pillows, tablecloths, and linens was were properly embroidered.
Facts About Hungary
Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in A.D. 896, before France, Germany, or England.
Wine has been produced in Hungary since the 5th century A.D. In 1737, King Karoly named the Tokaj wine region a national wine area, making it the world’s first official wine region, almost 120 years before France’s Bordeaux.
Hungarian has two words for red, vörös and piros.
Hungarians consume more than 1.10 lbs. (500 g) of paprika each year. The spice has more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Hungarians also call red peppers paprika, and there are more than 40 varieties grown in Hungary.
As of 2007, thirteen Hungarians have won 13 Nobel Prizes, which is more than Japan, China, India, Australia, or Spain.
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