Hungary: The Classic Traditions of Beading and Embroidery

Workshops with Village Masters
Collecting Museum Pieces

September 15 - 29, 2006
15 days, US$3,590

Dear Friends:

Hungarian folk art is one of the richest in Europe. Though generations of scholars have tried to prove that the Hungarian language, traditions, and arts can be traced back to Central Asia, most Hungarian folk art is derived from European "high" culture, e.g. the Italian Renaissance. On this trip you'll see the highlights of traditional Hungarian crafts, visit public and private collections, have the chance to buy museum pieces, visit craft workshops and learn embroidery and beading from the village masters you will meet on this trip.

SMALL PRINT: The group size is limited to about eight to provide for small-group and individualized teaching. Tour members must bring their sewing kits. All workshop patterns, thread, and elements will be provided. Join us and take this extraordinary opportunity to collect museum-quality pieces.

AIR: See your travel agent.

There will be an English-speaking guide with the group at all times and transport will be provided by private bus. Accommodations will be in friendly, small hotels or home-stays with families. There will be three meals a day. Some of the meals will be prepared and served by excellent cooks in their homes—a unique opportunity to sample superb, authentic Hungarian cuisine. All admissions to museums, private collections, and sightseeing are included, as well as tips and taxes (except for gratuities for the guide and driver).

This trip is like a "dobos-torte" - seven - layer cake of delight!

Hope to hear from you soon.

September 2006

Fr 15 Sept
Leave your home port.

Sa 16 & Su 17 Sept BUDAPEST
See the sights of the capital including the central market hall, visit the Museum of Ethnography and the Museum of Applied Arts.

Mo 18 & Tu 19 Aug GYŐR
We travel to the Little Plains in Northwestern Hungary for a workshop on the local embroidery styles (Rábaköz and Hövej). We’ll also have some time to explore the main sights of that part of Hungary.

On this day we’ll travel trough the country and spend a night at Badacsony Hill at the Balaton Lake, one of the most spectacular sights in Hungary.

Th 21, Fr 22, Sa 23 & Su 24 Sept SZEKSZÁRD
On our way to Szekszárd, we visit the village of Buzsák, famous for its red and blue embroidery.

Sárköz ("The Marshlands"), a handful of small villages on hillocks, cut off from the rest of the country by frequent floods, has remained one of the few areas in Hungary where traditional way of village life has survived. We'll spend three days in this region, see small local museums and private collections, meet members of the local embroidery guild, and have embroidery and beading workshops (including the unique white on black style) with several village masters.

Mo 25, Tu 26, We 27 Sept KALOCSA
Drive to Kalocsa, the center of Hungarian folk crafts and arts. See the famous Paprika Museum and other local museums. We'll have an embroidery, needle lace, and an optional egg-painting workshop with a master craftsperson. One afternoon we'll visit the Lace Museum in Kiskunhalas.

In the morning we drive across the Hungarian Great Plains. Continue to Kecskemét, a typical Hungarian town of the area, famous for its Art Nouveau style architecture. Visit the Museum of Hungarian Folk Crafts. Drive back to Budapest for a farewell dinner.

Fr 29 Sept
Treasures in hand, fly back to the US.

I want to go to Hungary!

My deposit of US$200 is due by June 15, 2006
Balance of US$3,390 is due August 1, 2006.
I would like a single room, for which the supplement of US$454 is also due August 1, 2006.

If you live in the USA, please contact:

Eniko Farkas, Tour Adviser
156 Crescent Place
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-2179
E-mail: edf2@cornell.edu
Web-site: www.folkscene.hu