Hungary and the link with Central Asia


hungarian crafts with Central asian design
Felt art from the hungarian hat millener Zsofia Marx

Once I traveled in Hungary, on a local market I was impressed by the crafts such as the leather, linen, ceramic and felt products. In the contemporary leather and felt arts the connection with Central Asia is often visible in the patterns that are used.

I was very surprised to see these designs. The makers were using the same symbols that I knew from the textiles in Central Asia.

Not long after I came across the legends and stories about Hungarians and their historical strong relation with Central Asia. The Hungarian people feel very different from the other population in the Balkan area, mostly because of their language. Their history goes back to the time around 895 B.C. A mixed people with Turkic and Finno-Urgic elements came to Europe originally from the Ural, Central Asia. They followed the mountains of the Carpaten. By the time they entered the Danube valley in  Pannonia, the Finno Urgic or Magyars dominated the Turkic elements. The Magyar language survived in the language of Hungary. This language is related to Turkish and Finnish. The Hungarians were all over the place in Europe in the 10th century. They were even in Spain around 942. In 955 they were defeated by Otto 1 and settled down in Pannonia. Because of their language and feeling different from the Balkan groups they often go back to their origin in the designs they use.

During our Tribal Textiles Weekend may 19th and 20th, we will show an extra large collection of herdsmen vests, ceramics and beautiful linen from Hungary and Romania.

kyrgyz street in Hungary
Street spotted in Hungary