„The Bácsalmás blue dyeing workshop was founded in 1879 by the Skorutyák family. The workshop, working steadily ever since, inherited from father to son, had served for living for four generations of our family until 2014. As the great-great-grandson of the founder, I endeavor to worthily preserve this precious heritage to posterity. Despite the fact that I myself am not continuing this profession, the fate of the workshop and the memory of our blue-dyeing ancestors are close to my heart. In 2015, in the framework of a comprehensive renovation, we created a visitor-friendly, living workshop, in which the original equipment can be viewed in operation, and the Skorutyák blue dyeing dynasty is commemorated by a family history exhibition.

I am delighted to note that in the renewed workshop, the centuries-old tradition lives on. The blue dyeing craft is carried on by an old family friend, Zoltán Bakos, to whom my father had transferred his knowledge and his love of the profession.”

János Skorutyák

„I met the Skorutyák family in 1993. The working relationship started then later formed into friendship. I started to learn the basics of blue dyeing from János Skorutyák, Sr., mainly hand printing, and then gradually the other activities. Due to the lot of beautiful patterns and the innumerable possibilities of their variation, I became fonder and fonder of this not easy, but rather beautiful profession.

Later, due to my qualification, I had the opportunity to work in open offices work elsewhere, but besides my job, I spent a part of my free time in the workshop. Since 1997, I have been applying for folk artwork qualification with own-made products and materials on the initiative of János Skorutyák. As a result, I could apply for a folk artist title, which I won in June 2015 based on the decision of the Hungarian Heritage House.

My goal is to show visitors not only a museum or an exhibition in the workshop renovated by the Skorutyák family, but also make them enjoy the view of the products made here.”

Zoltán István Bakos