Painted Toes ~ Matyó Style!

Different regions of Hungary have different styles of folk art. If you are studying your family tree you might want to find out the county your family is from and learn more about the specific folk art for that region. The Kalocsa region has a well-known style of embroidery but each region has its own beauty and style and the artisans are gifted with incredible talents, often passed down within families for generations!

Most of my family is from little villages in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county in northeastern Hungary. Matyó style embroidery is from the community in and around Mezőkövesd in that same county and is characterized by floral motifs. I found a nail technician in the USA who was able to recreate a Matyó design based on an item one of our relatives had made and given to us when we visited Tiszakeszi, Hungary in March 2014. I was very pleased with the results!

The original embroidery.

The original embroidery.

The selected area.

The selected area.

A Matyó toe!

A Matyó toe!

The finished product!

The finished product!

The nail technician was not Hungarian but was able to pull this off very nicely. When I stopped at the shop with my request, none of the technicians felt they could do the job so they directed me to the owner who was off that day. I went the next day and the owner was clearly up to the challenge! I think the color contrast in the large flower made this job a little easier to do. I loved the outcome of this project!

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