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Palóc Ethnographical Private Collection and Doll Exhibition - Mátrafüred
Palóc Ethnographical Private Collection and Doll Exhibition
Address: 3232, Mátrafüred Pálosvörösmarti u. 2.
Phone number: (37) 320-137, (37) 320-183
Opening hours: Permanently
Our collection has functioned as a permanent exhibition here in Mátrafüred since 1983. At the begining our showrooms took places at different addresses until we found the permanent place 10 years ago. Nowadays the collection can be seen at the building of the old primary school (Pálosvörösmarti street 2.).

Szakács Józsefné started to collect the show-prieces 50 years ago. She travelled around the area of Palóc and bought the fancy works, textiles and folk costumes one by one in the villages. She elaborated the samplers that found there and her works were prised. She received the title of "Applied Artist of Folklore". Her "passion of collecting" was inherited by her grand-daughter, called Lovászné Juhász Rita, who studied as a costume designer.

The purpose of Lovászné J.R. was the elaboration of the folk (palóc) costumes. She got prises for her treats on applications and exhibitions. In 1987 she received the title of Applied Artist of Folklore, as well. Designing the costumes she tends to transmite the folk traditions via the creation of wearable clothes.

It is typical in the Area Palóc that every village has its own costume with different patterns. You can see the variablility via the 30 dolls folk costume. For example, the collection has show-piece that wears a costume of a bride and another and another that is wearing the costume of a bridegroom, or you can see a mother who is rocking her child in a cradle while another woman is doing some baker’s trade; you can also see "Máriás" girls, a woman who is wattleing or "guzsaly" with his husband or countrywomen returning from the fields. All of theese dolls show us the rustic lifestyle.

Another collection of dolls shows the Hungarian historic costumes. You can see the midlle-ages to the begining of the 1900's via watching dolls's costume. The 75 cm tall dolls are set out under glass and they are all handmade by textile. They are designed and created by Lovászné J.R. in her productive period of the last 10 years. The collection is renewed by the continuous creation of the dolls.

In our second salon you can see original, protected ethnic textiles from the begining of the 1900's on life-sized dummies. We show a young wife, a fianceé, a fiancé and an old lady, wearing 'vizitike'. You can see 'the clean room' - it is an enteriour for the guests - and the typical rustic furnitures, like the chest with tulip motive or benches, cradles, tables and beds with ornaments. In the other part of the showroom there are instruments of the quotidian rustic works and objects related with weaving. For example, the weaving loom - the 'szátva' - is an original show-piece. In case our visitors would like to see it in use we can show, how it works.

Lovászné Juhász Rita
Permanent exhibitions
A taste of the exhibition
A typical feature of the Palóc region is that almost all villages own individual folk clothing. The 30 dolls dressed in folk cloths present this variegation. continue
Historic clothing and doll
The material of the museum is shown at two separate exhibitions. In one ward we show protected folk fabric. The original folk cloths is shown on life-size figures. The cloths are from the beginning of the 1900's. We show a young bride, a bride and groom and an old woman. continue
A taste of the exhibition
The body of the collection was put together by Mrs. Szakács Magda Mészáros fifty years ago. She bought piece after piece, sewings, home fabric and cloths while travelling through Palóc Land. She processed the rich variation of embroidery she found on home fabric which she showed at national applications. She was honoured with the title "Folk Applied Artist". continue