The Hungarian folk costumes - Tudor Seulean

The Hungarian folk costumes - Tudor Seulean

The traditional dress of Hungary is the most exhilarating feature of the diverse and varied culture of the country which is although not commonly worn by the Hungarians these days, but the designs of these traditional costumes are as unique comparing to other Eastern European countries.  The Hungarian folk which includes the solo or couple dances accompanied by old style music, shepherd and other solo man’s dances truly represent the Hungarian culture.  The traditional men’s wear includes the pants tucked into their leather boots and hats, and the women wear different colored skirts and bright headdresses.

Some Hungarian men wearing the traditional dresses while dancing - dalbera's image
Some Hungarian men wearing the traditional dresses while dancing – dalbera’s image

Women may wear peasant babushkas (scarves) on their heads, and men may wear hats with floppy brims. Around 150 years ago, the style of embroidery was not so colorful : the wool available for embroidery were of limited color.Blue and red ,black and red patterns were common in that era. Later, when more colors were available; this floral decorations became bigger and multicolored.

Hungarian boys and girls wearing the traditional costumes - Anikó Photostream ( flickr )
Hungarian boys and girls wearing the traditional costumes – Anikó Photostream ( flickr )

The finest achievements in the textile sector in Hungary are the embroideries which vary from region to region. Those of Kalotaszeg in Transylvania are charming products of Oriental design, sewn chiefly in a single color – red, blue, or black. Soft in line, the embroideries are applied on altar cloths, pillow cases and sheets.

A Hungarian bride - Elisabeth Howson's Image ( flickr )
A Hungarian bride – Elisabeth Howson’s Image ( flickr )

The traditional Hungarian bridal dress was very colorful and elaborately embroidered, very often with a flower motif. Three bright and vibrant colors were usually repeated in the bride’s dress and in her large and elaborate headdress, which also included woven wheat as a symbol of fertility. Under the dress were many layers of underskirts. The bride used to wear a plain black dress made of silk. She used to wear the same dress for funerals and when she died she was buried in this expensive outfit.

Excellent floral patterns on the traditional dress of Hungary --zoetropico's Image
Excellent floral patterns on the traditional dress of Hungary –zoetropico’s Image

Flowers and leaves, sometimes a bird or a spiral ornament, are the principal decorative themes of the traditional dress of Hungary. The most frequent ornament is a flower with a centerpiece resembling the eye of a peacock’s feather.

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