My name is Tünde Kiss. I live in Hungary in a small village called Hollókő. It’s listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO.
I’m a self-employed handicraft artisan. I make different size baskets, weaved glasses, lampshades, handbags, belt, shoes and jewellweries. I like to do thing, what people can use, but of course I make some decoration things too. For example flowers, dolls. Nowdays I like to work mostly with bullrushes.
I have courses also. I do it for children or adult too. I think it’s iportant to give our knowledge to the others. In our country not many people work with cattail or bullrush, or even know the materials. Several times I go for a festival, and I teach the children some handicraft methods.
In 2018 The Ministry of Agriculture announced a competition. It was about the traditional Hungarian dressing culture. The tender made it possible to design cloths and accessories that are exclusively characterized by traditional shape, material and technique. I also applied this program successfully, and The Ministry of Agriculture sponsored me to make my collection. The fashion from the nature collection are: hat, belt, handbag, backpack and shoes. They are all made from cattail.
I’m also proud that mostly of my product are qualified. A qualified work of applied folk art is a registered item of the Museum of Applied Hungarian Folk Art in category “A” or “B”. I have a special Trademark on these product.