I’m going away for a couple of weeks, to Hungary and Ukraine.
The trip is not my idea, but ESP’s – centred on food and wine in Tokaji in north-east Hungary. But I’m hoping that away from the pig slaughter I might be able to track down some local textile traditions.
In fact, indigo dyeing is a traditional technique in Hungary, using printing blocks or machines to apply the resist to the cloth before dyeing. I saw some Hungarian artisans demonstrating this on the South Bank a couple of years ago, and there’s a good description of the process on this blog.
Sadly, I haven’t been able to track down any museums or workshops in north-east Hungary, but there is a textile museum in Budapest that I hope to visit.
And embroidery is very popular in Ukraine.
Immediately I get back, it’s Lambeth Open weekend on 5-6 October, when I’ll be exhibiting with Women of the Cloth in Streatham – hope to see some of you there!