Hungarian Basket weaving
Yesterday, I began my festival adventure by exploring the Hungarian heritage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC. What struck me the most about their culture is the level of intricacy and detail. Their sense of traditional pride and accuracy shows through every form of craft; whether it is leatherwork, copper work, or basket weaving, the richness and authenticity of the Hungarian lifestyle is exemplified.
Of course the fashion of Hungary is also extremely ornate and vivid. The embroidery and coloration exudes opulence and as mentioned previously, speaks to the sense of pride the Hungarians had for their craftsmanship and apparently their attire. The different features of the clothing such as the embroidery, the tracery in the fabric, and the layers of rope that surrounds the buttons across the breast of the coat, add depth and luster to the clothing, giving it a royal and luxurious vibe.
The attire shown here is only a peek of the culture that can be experienced in the Hungarian Heritage section of the festival. But beyond its beautiful surface, the clothing (as well as the other arts and crafts that are on display at the festival) lets the participants know that this was a highly diverse, vivacious and lively culture with a very distinct style. They value and enjoy the actual practice and act of defining their culture through their art and music; this is what helps to elevates their work from something esthetic to something representational of customs and society.
This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival includes a program dedicated to the diversity of African-American styles of attire and adornment.
I’m here at the opening ceremony for the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.
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Come learn about the Board of Lady Managers during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
African-American Cultural Center
UIC Addams Hall room 207
9am to 4pm