Throughout Hungary’s history, embroidery has played an important role in both the decorative arts and in the preservation of national identity. During the 19th century, Hungarian embroidery enjoyed a revival as part of the broader folk art movement that swept across Europe. Embroidery schools were established throughout Hungary, teaching traditional techniques to a new generation of artisans.
In the early 20th century, Hungarian embroidery was showcased at international exhibitions and fairs, winning numerous awards and gaining recognition for its beauty and intricacy. After World War II, however, the popularity of embroidery declined, as modernization and industrialization took hold and traditional handicrafts were no longer seen as essential to daily life.