Phone: +36 74 490 558
Mobile: +36 20 576 41 30
Arts and crafts
Dr. Lehel Péterné
Master of folk art
Phone: + 36 74 490 064
Mobile: +36 30 272 46 49
Our house of popular customs and local traditions shows at a permanent exhibition local farmhouses, folk life, national dresses and folk art. The house of popular customs and local traditions richest repertory, the textile collection: we display full range of reformed and catholic garbs and national male and female dresses of Bata. Beside costumes we also set out textiles; such as household furnishing textiles, homespun textiles, embroidery, point-lice and needle-laces. We also have ample records of religious life and local holly disciples and a very rare collection, a curio: local manuscripts (MS.) eg.: common school booklets, course books, old school reports and certificates, testaments and inventory of estates.
The estate of popular customs and local traditions belonged to Mr. P. Sümegi Mihály tiller, landowner gentry and second magistrate. The house was built in 1887, and was owned by his descendants till 2000. The family managed 50 acre and dealt with grain farming, viniculture, horse-, ox- and pig farms (breeding).
The whitewashed house enshrines architectural values of the village; it is perpendicular to the street, has harrowed zoning, span-roof and it was built to the front street and were fenced by pales and wattles. The footing of the house is ashlars, it has adobe walling and a special loft called ’viklis’ in Hungarian. On its front to the street there are two windows and a dummy window. The walling is proportioned by special moulding, called ’lizenia’ and its tympana have a ’sun’ motif on it. The house pitched by hexagonal bricks and it has two stairways to the entrance with seven stodgy cylindrical capitals. It also has doubled front doors, the outside one is undivided and the inside one is structured by colourful window glasses. From here we can enter to the ‘shut’ kitchen, it’s called ‘shut’, because in the old styled house, which was distributed for three parts, this room was the kitchen with opened chimney. Later on cause of lifestyle changing and architectural habits this room became wall off and in the newly built houses it wasn’t opened any more, it had a wainscot also. The contents of the room: a rolling-pined bed, a cradle, a wardrobe with mirror and a desk. The ‘clean’ room overlooks here. There is a mirror between its front windows and you can find a wardrobe with drawers here with two turreted beds on its sides. There is also a big hope chest here, with a graved date: 1867 on it and inside the glory box there are blankets, bed-sheets, towels, tablecloths, varnished clothes, petticoats embroidered with lace and shirts with needle-laced sleeves. Inside the wardrobe there are denims, homespun materials and national glad rags. A table covered by homespun tablecloth stands at the middle of the room and you can see prayer-books and beads on it. At your left hand, you can enter to the living room from the ‘shut’ kitchen. Two beds, a wardrobe with drawers called ‘sublot’ in Hungarian and a special cradle for infants called ‘ringo’ are the main contents of the room. There is a mirror between its front windows also and on the table there are: a slate, course books, exercise books and a pencil case. At the left side you can see a sewing-machine and at the right side you can see a graven hanger with headscarves and skirts on it. There are holy pictures and family pictures hanged on the wall everywhere. The next room is the kitchen (not the opened chimney one) and on its oven there are saucepans, flat iron, potteries and sourdough maker accessories. Beside the window you can find a table and a painted bench here and at the other side you can see the loom. From here you can enter to the opened chimney kitchen through a fretwork door, which is the third door of the room and its lower part and upper part opens separately. Around the chimney you can see an oven and a cooking-stove. Beside the fire-place there are: bread kneader, potteries for baking and cooking, saucepans and other kitchen accessories. Behind the door, on the coat rack there is a leather haversack and full working-days apparel of an old man and woman. In the pantry, which is attic-ramp at the same time you can see a wheat box, sacks, fruit dryer basket, window-screen and wooden accessories.
Beside the house there is a shed and stable with wooden-girder and board wainscot. In the shed you can find accessories for the harvest e.g.: scythe, reaping-hook, forks, rakes and Hungarian ‘konkolyozo’, ‘szelelo’ which tools for stock-raising. Opposite of the stable there is a vinery and a brick walled cellar. You can find tools for wine-growing here, such as vaporizers (for grape yard), vats and wine pressers. There is also a timber house, its Hungarian name is: ‘gore’ tinkered of pales and trees, used for corn storage. In line with the timber house there is a piglet hutch and another shed where farming tools had been kept such as: plough, harrow, barrel, dogcart, skate, driller, hemp/junk weaving tools and accessories of local traders e.g.: smith, wainwright, rope maker and carpenter.
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