Matyó embroidery on the UNESCO's list

The 200 years old folk art is finally picked up to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The oldest folk embroidery in Hungary emerged from Mezőkövesd, Szentistván and Tard, together called as Matyóföld (Matyó-land), and their people as the matyós. The name comes from the name of King Matthias of Hungary, because the seeds of this folk art branch were planted in his era.

The matyó embroidery's colour is usually red and blue, with green, yellow, black and the shades of purple. The motives are roses, birds, leaves, tulips, buds and other floral motifs. Nowadays it lives it's new renaissance along with the Kalocsai embroidery as part of the mainstream fashion. In the beginning embroiderers decorated the bedspread, later the clothes, and then almost everything from furniture and pillows to book covers and souvenirs.

Now it's so popular, you can easily find embroidered and painted gift, clothes, souvenirs in every souvenir shop and marketplace all over the country. The matyó embroidery is proudly one of the most known brand of Hungary.

Official UNESCO decision and description: www.unesco.org

The website of Matyó Folk Art Association: matyofolk.hu