Ilonka's tools

In Kispetri, Bódis Ilonka took Sara Meaker and I aside and urged us to follow her to her home. Down a dirt road and around past a long trough where the women used to wash clothes, sits her charming home.  She welcomed us inside to see her "fancy" room and her collection of textiles.  

Pottery, fiber for spinning, and painted furniture in Ilonka's collection of traditional folk art.

Pottery, fiber for spinning, and painted furniture in Ilonka's collection of traditional folk art.

Here are the tools she and her family have used for drawing the írásos patterns.  Ilonka used throw-away cardboard to make stencils and her husband made these beautiful metal stamps for transferring patterns.

Ilonka's tools for drawing írásos patterns.

Ilonka's tools for drawing írásos patterns.

Some of the women working with TWT use a metal tool and ink to create the pattern that the embroiderers will follow.  Ildikó of the Unitárcoop makes a stencil by poking holes with a point tool and then rubs blue ink over the stencil to create the pattern.  If you're lucky, your bag will still show a hint of blue ink, revealing the artisan's hand.  

Ildikó demonstrating the stenciling process in her home in Marosvásárhely/ Targu Mures, Romania.

Ildikó demonstrating the stenciling process in her home in Marosvásárhely/ Targu Mures, Romania.