Matyo embroideries are not only the most ornate but probably the most widely known among the many unique regional folk art styles of Hungary. Their popularity lies in the colorful and densely decorated compositions on roses and other flowers adorning clothing and household items. I am excited to present two great books on this unique embroidery style, now available in the Folkology shop:
The Matyó Roses: This exquisitely photographed viewbook presents an overview of the colorful and varied decorative style preserved in the Matyo region, Mezőkövesd and its neighboring villages in Eastern Hungary. Numerous hand-embroidered textiles, folk costumes, traditional houses, and matyo festivities are pictured. A great gift for those interested in Hungarian embroidery.
Embroideries of Mezőkövesd Vol. 2: This book is a collection of freehand matyo embroidery patterns from original folk art embroidered clothing and bed linen items found in Hungarian museums. The presented designs are from the early period of matyo folk art, when only a few colors were used and the decorations were placed less densely on the fabric than in later periods. The traceable pattern sheets for embroideries on 28 different items are presented in color. (Out of print, used book, available in limited quantities.)