06.05.2024

A look back: A day in blue – The blue dyeing market in Gutau 2024

Last Sunday, Gutau was once again the venue for the blue spectacle – the blue dyeing market – which attracted around 6,500 people to the market this year. In glorious sunshine and perfect weather, around 100 exhibitors from five European countries presented their skills and works of art.

International diversity and cultural exchange
A special highlight of this year’s market was the presence of a South Korean documentary film crew, who filmed the blueprint for a future exhibition at the National Centre for Intangible Heritage in South Korea. This international recognition shows how far the appeal of the Gutau blue dyeing market extends and that traditional blue printing is not only appreciated regionally, but worldwide.

Lively craftsmanship and cultural experience
Visitors to the market had the opportunity to buy directly from the artisans and learn more about the techniques of blue printing. The fashion show on the market square was particularly impressive, presenting traditional and modern blueprint fashion. This fusion of old and new emphasised the diversity and adaptability of the craft.

A day of music and tradition
The supporting programme offered something for everyone: from folk music and traditional dances to guided tours of the dye museum and the Zeugf├Ąrberei dye works. The brave could even climb the church tower and enjoy a unique view over the festival and the picturesque surroundings of Gutau.

Thanks to the community
A big thank you goes to the volunteers and everyone involved in making this market an unforgettable experience. Thanks to their commitment, the blue dyeing market is a great success year after year.

We are already looking forward to next year when Gutau shines in blue again.

Exhibitors 2024

Every year, blue dyers from various European countries gather at the traditional blue dyeing market to showcase their rare craft. These artisans not only display their skills but also offer the UNESCO-recognized cultural heritage of “blue dyeing” for sale. Designers utilize blue dyeing techniques for modern fashion creations, adding a touch of historical craftsmanship to contemporary styles. Additionally, the market features a variety of handicrafts related to blue dyeing, further celebrating this vibrant and ancient art form.

Programme 2024

The organisers of the Blue Dyeing Market have once again put together a varied supporting programme to offer visitors an entertaining day. The programme includes dance and music performances, a traditional costume and fashion show as well as church tours and church tower tours. There is also the opportunity to experience blue dyeing with indigo in the Zeugf├Ąrberei and guided tours of the dye museum.

Travelling by public transport possible again in 2024

As travelling by special bus from Pregarten was so well received in 2023, we have created this option again this year.
Details on journey times and travelling by car can be found at

This was the blue dyeing market in 2023

Many thanks to Erwin Pils for the great photos of the 2023 market!

This was the blue dyeing market in 2022

On the first Sunday in May, the 2022 Blue Dyeing Market celebrated its 20th anniversary. As every year, visitors from near and far came to Gutau to experience the colourful event. Craftsmen and women proudly displayed their skills and presented their products.

This year, we were especially pleased to receive coverage from M├╝hlviertel.TV, who produced a report on the market.