Blue-dyer in Hungary
Szakács Gábor
9700 Szombathely
Vörösmarty u. 40.
Tel.: +36/94/322-913

The bluedyeing, the row of it, and the technology came from India. In the XVIIIth century in Europe, more and more manufactories were established. The textile-dying industry was making good progress, and the painting blocks were more various - new blocks were added to the collections. In the XIXth the blue dyeing went into a decline during the industrial development. The village-life underwent radical changes, the factory works changed their dressses, and these cases changed the traditions, the claim to the traditional habits in Hungary.
Traditional blue dyeing products have been made continuously in our workshop in Szombathely - that can be found from the Austrian border only 10 km far - since 1950. White 100% cotton or linen is used for basic material, and with various printing blocks wax is pushed on them as a protecting layer. After the printing comes the dyeing, then the washing and the rinsing of the material.

During the washing the wax layer disappears and the original white colour of the material turns up at he place of the printing. The workshop’s furniture, the used equipments, patterns - origin from the 1900s -, can be used today as well, if we take care of them. Our perrotin printingmachine was made in Berlin in 1880, and about 400 pieces of printing blocks belong to it.

I welcome guests in my workshop, and after making a previous appointment I can receive bigger groups, to those I perform the workshop, and the process of the manufacture.

Our colourkeeping materials are used for skirts, clothes, aprons, and we make tableclothes, napkins in different sizes.
I have appeared with success with my works at several exhibitions in Hungary and abroad, too.

If you show interest in something, I am available any time.