Each one of the motifs and colors has its meaning. The only color we find in the oldest embroideries and hand-woven fabrics is red, which was primarily used to express joy, passion and high spirits. In the old days, red was considered to have a protective power: it was associated with life and blood, fire which gives or takes life, and light. It was believed to protect infants from witches and their evil eye. The red bonnet or headdress worn by brides and young women as part of their folk costume expressed health and youth.
There are a lot of countries all over the world where wearing local patterns (flowers, curves) has its own tradition. In Hungary there are famous patterns:
For now Kalocsa pattern is officially the part of our culture. They are hungaricums. Hungaricums are unique hungarian products, specialities, works of art, foods etc that make Hungary famous because you cannot find them anywhere else in the world.
Nowadays Kalocsai pattern gets into fashion, more and more people wear it. Check this on some famous star’s dress:
Kalocsa pattern in Mclaren suit
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