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Folkology's mission is to share the organic folk art heritage of Hungary with the world. This blog is a companion to the shop and its goodies, an online diary that highlights the latest news from around the house of Folkology.

Last two decks of Ludvig tarot in stock!

The beautiful Ludvig tarot deck by Zsuzsa Ludvig has been a favorite since Folkology opened its doors 15 years ago. Unfortunately a few years ago the manufacturer of this great deck went out of business and therefore I am no longer able to source these decks. We are now down to the last two decks in stock, when these are gone, we will have to remove this product from our store. So grab them while they are available!

New 2011 calendars are in stock, new folk costumes calendar

Our lovely Hungarian wall calendars are in stock again, in a crisp new 2011 edition. And the new collection offers some real treats for lovers of Hungarian culture, check out these new calendars in addition to our classics. Save 15% when buying 3 calendars of the same design – perfect gift for Hungarian friends and relatives or fans of the country and its culture.

Hungarian Folk Costumes as worn by charming folk art dolls

Illusion Tulle High Neck with Pearls Short Sheath Wedding Dress

This beautiful 12-month calendar showcases Hungary’s colorful folkwear as worn by dolls from the collection of the doll museum in Abádszalók. The folk costumes of Hungary’s many regions with their distinct style are represented in this calendar. The costumes were handmade by the founder of the museum, Józsefné Steigauf. Buy this calendar now!

Synagogue of Budapest – Architecture Wall Calendar

Two Tone Strapless Sweetheart Beaded Pink Skirt Ball Gown Prom Dress

Enjoy stunning photographs of the Dohány street Synagogue in Budapest every month. Both the inside and outside architecture and ornamental details are captured on the photos. Buy this calendar now!

Székelyföld / Terra Siculorum Anno – on vintage postcards

Lovely vintage postcards of Székelyföld / Terra Siculorum from the turn of the 19th/20th century. The towns shown in the pictures are: Gyergyószentmiklós, Szováta, Bereck, Tusnádfürdő, Kézdivásárhely, Csíksomlyó, Székelyudvarhely, Homoródfürdő, Kommandó, Kovászna, Csíkszereda, Gyimes, Marosvásárhely, Karakó – Völgyhíd. Buy this calendar now!

See the rest of our calendars, including the ever popular Budapest 2011, Erdély / Transsylvania Anno 2011 and the Hungarian Parliament 2011 Architectural calendar here: Calendars at the Folkology Shop.


New 2010 Hungarian wall calendars are now in stock!

Our gorgeous wall calendars have become staples of Folkology for the past few years, and this year is no different. Three beautiful calendars are now ready to ship to adorn your home with pictures of Hungary and Transylvania. See them here: 2010 Wall Calendars

Cap Sleeves Floral Neckline Illusion V-back Floor-length Mermaid Wedding Gown Pink Crew Neck Sleeveless Long Empire Waist Chiffon Evening Dress

2009 Hungarian wall calendars now in stock

The 2009 editions of our lovely wall calendars are now in stock and ready to ship!

These popular calendars are made in Hungary and feature designs and sights that are distinctively Hungarian. Folk art, art nouveau and beautiful photography will adorn your wall from the moment you have your calendar in your hands. Four beautiful calendars to choose from, choose one for each room in your house:

Champagne Bridal Veil Two Tier Fingertip Length Circle Veil Hand-cut Pencil Edge

Muted Blue Beaded Long Chiffon Flower Attached Bridesmaid Dress

Budapest Anno 2009: lovely vintage photographs of Budapest from the turn of the 19th/20th century.
Wonders of Hungary 2009: Wonderful sights from all corners of Hungary.
Hungary 2009: Photographs of distinctly Hungarian pieces of architecture, and items of folk art.
Budapest 2009: Stunning photographs of the city of Budapest.

See all our 2009 Hungary and Budapest calendars now!

New: Handmade Kalocsa folk costume dolls

These beautiful cloth dolls are crafted by the hands of a folk artist lady in Kalocsa, Hungary. They are dressed in colorful Kalocsa folk costumes with hand embroidery on the dresses, ribbon in their hair, and a handkerchief in their hand. The doll is available in 3 colors (red, green and lilac), and a male version. Available now from Folkology: Handmade Kalocsa Folk Art Dolls

Kalocsa folk art dolls

New books on matyo embroidery now in stock

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 Matyo RosesThe 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.

Matyo Roses

Freehand Matyo EmbroideryEmbroideries 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.)

Matyo Roses

New products and summer sale extended

Unfortunately the Folkology site experienced some downtime due to a network failure last week, so I decided to extend the Summer Sale until the end of the month. Enjoy refreshingly discounted prices on the classic collection of Folkology cross stitch patterns and playing cards until August 31st, 2007.

I am excited to announce three new product collections now available from Folkology:

Vintage embroidery books

Folkology grew out of a hobby of mine, selling various Hungarian items on eBay for fun. After a while I started concentrating on Hungarian crafts and culture, and some products proved to be eternal favorites with my customers along the years: especially vintage books on Hungarian embroideries and other crafts.

And starting today, some of the best books ever published in Hungary on the subject are now available in the Folkology shop. These are used out-of-print books, thus available in very limited quantities, so if you see a book you fancy, grab it while it is still available. (And if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at learning Hungarian, we now have 2 beginner’s vocabulary books available, as well!)
Click here to see all Books, and look for the NEW! icon for the new arrivals

Handcarved wooden bowls

And that’s not all! Folkology is proud to offer a new handmade folk art product straight from the source: our handcarved wooden bowls and plates are made by a folk artist in Eastern Hungary according to traditional methods, out of aspen wood. These stylish bowls match any interior style, they are versatile, to be used at your dining table or as decorative accents around your home.
Click here to see the entire selection of wooden bowls

2008 Calendars now available

Time flies so fast, it’s already calendar season! Last year, our Hungarian craft and cultural calendars were hugely popular, but wait until you see this year’s designs. The Art Nouveau Budapest and the Budapest Anno are my personal favorites, but all of them are so good-looking you might just want one for each room in your house. And this year the calendars also come in new formats: in addition to the standard wall calendar size, there are smaller rectangular, and narrow strip sizes.
See all our 2008 Calendars here

Stay tuned for even more, coming up in September! Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

New blue-dye products: fabric and finished items

Our blue-dye fabric collection continues to be a great success, fabric has been flying out the door this spring. I am happy to announce that three new fabric prints are now available in addition to our staples, and all three are charming additions to any crafty projects:

New blue-dye fabrics

But that’s not all, discover our new finished blue-dye products collection, which features charming bags. aprons and table linen made of our blue-dye artisan fabric. All the products featured in this collection are made by the family workshop that produces the fabrics, a guarantee for the quality craftsmanship.

Blue-dye bagBlue-dye apron

Don’t forget to read up on the history of Hungarian blue-dyeing and the making of these unique batik fabrics in our article.

fabprom-cocktail dresses online 2016

Two new indigo blue goodies

We have two new indigo blue products in the shop:

Blue-dye batik fabric bundleYou can save 20% on our blue-dye fabric fat quarters by choosing the fabric bundle of 5 different fabrics. You receive 5 fabulous fat quarters for the price of 4, one each of the five beautiful designs available currently.

blue bridesmaid dresses design onlineAlso new in the shop: indigo-blue handpainted wooden eggs. Perfect easter decorations or gift items all year round. They are made by the same family workshop that produces our blue-dye fabrics. Each one is handmade and unique.

Hungarian Easter egg decoration kit now available

Girl in mermaid trumpet dressesI am very excited to be able to offer a lovely easter egg painting kit, available now at the Folkology Shop. This kit is handmade by a folk artisan family in Budapest, Hungary and it offers a fun hands-on crafty experience in Hungarian traditions. (If embroidery is too ambitious for you, try this kit to get aquainted with the unique decorative heritage of Hungary.)

The kit includes a handmade wax pen that is used to draw motifs on the eggs with beeswax. The eggs are then immersed in dye, and the waxed areas remain undyed, just like with batik fabric. Read more about Hungarian easter egg decoration and see our Easter collection.

Photo: Hungarian Museum of Ethnography

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