The folk art of Érsekcsanád was determined by the art traditions of the region of Sárköz. Its characteristics are presented with the help of the writing of Pongrác Szarvas.
The artisanship of Sárköz
Due to the natural characteristics of the region the wicker took a prominent part in Sárköz. Apart from the wickers, the reeds collected in the flood-plain and the sedge was used in several ways to make articles for use. Moreover, the fences and the walls of the buildings, which were covered with mud, were made from wickers.
The potter’s art of Érsekcsanád has integrated characteristics and the one and only larger group of pottery with uniform characteristics took form here in Dunántúl (Transdanubia). The original basic colour of the pottery made by lead-glazed technology was dark brown and red.
The weaving loom was an inevitable accessory of the life in Sárköz and every woman could weave. The pattern of the oldest folkweave is red and blue or the various combinations of red and black stripes. The clothes of the women of Sárköz were decorated with embroidery.
Preserving the traditions
We lay special emphasis on preserving the traditions of folk art in our village. The folk dance club was founded in the 30’s by the teacher Zsigmond Csuka. In spite of minor break-offs the folk dance club is still working and its recent leaders are Erika Mihó and Zoltán Tóth. In addition to the revival of folk dance and customs it also seeks to preserve the local folk dress.
Some types of craft are handed down for the interested parties by Éva Molnárné Agócs, the leader of the handicraft study circle, and the pottery is exercised by Zsuzsanna Aranyos Zoltánné Groll, who is happy to pass on her knowledge.
The main features of the architecture of Érsekcsanád, the furniture and the articles of use, are displayed in the country house and the Tumbarikum (a typical peasant house designed by István Tumbász).