The last part of the series â€žFaces of Diversity' is Hungary, my home country.
Hungary is a country particularly rich in folk heritage preserved in museums, however, it also lives on in small villages in the country: beautifully made embroidery, decorated pottery and carvings can be found in many parts of the country. Despite its relatively small area, Hungary has always played an important role in history. It could be that because of history and difficult times in the past, Hungarians are a little bit reserved, even the national anthem is rather sad and suffering compared to other nations. However, the country should be proud of its strong willingness and ability to preserve its independence and wonderful culture. It was in the beginning of the 18th century that the present style of Hungarian folk art took shape. Flowers and leaves, sometimes a bird or a spiral ornament, are among the main decorative themes. The most frequent ornament is a flower with a centerpiece resembling the eye of a peacock's feather. Embroidery is the finest area of textile arts which vary from region to region. For example, those of Kalotaszeg in Transylvania are beautiful products of Oriental design, sewn mainly in a single color - red, blue, or black. Embroideries are applied on altar cloths, pillow cases and sheets. In the country, SÃ¡rkÃ¶z in Transdanubia and the MatyÃ³fÃ¶ld in the Great Hungarian Plain produce the finest embroideries. The embroidery motifs applied to women's wear have also been transposed to modern usage or wall decorations. In the area of ceramics, Herend Porcelain is one of the world's largest ceramic factories, specializing in luxury hand painted porcelain. In the mid-19th century, it was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty. After the fall of communism in Hungary, the factory was privatized and is now by a high percentage owned by its management and workers, exporting to over 60 countries of the globe.
This artwork intends to symbolize the beauty of Hungary, as mentioned above. It comes framed and ready to hang.
Provenance / History of This Item:
This artwork has been exhibited at the Corvinus University of Budapest and at the Montazs Art Cafe in Budapest (Hungary), both solo exhibitions of the artist, MÃ¡ria Haraszti.
Image/object size (inches):
11.61 (height) 9.65 (width) 0.08 (depth)
Overall size (inches):
18.5 (height) 16.14 (width) 0.79 (depth)
The above image is an estimate of the size of the image/object compared to an average person. Box will only show a max 70 inches height x 70 inches width.