Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

Traditionally Ukrainian Easter is celebrated a week later than that of other Christians, so this year it is April 12.

My mother decorated eggs. Most of hers are now gone.  They would be several decades old.

The ones in the center are larger and are of wood.  I believe that they are painted, which was done in only the last few decades.  Well, they don't break!  Click on the pic for a larger view.

The ones from the past are done by the wax method and take hours and hours for just one egg.  The one example of my work when I was 4 years old is long gone.  It was a masterpiece.  

By the way the tradition began pre-Christianity.

You can do a search for more info and how the eggs were made.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pysanka

4 comments:

catspec said...

Oh those are lovely! SImply lovely! Thank you for sharing that picture...Happy Easter!

glorm said...

Thank you so much, Catspec. I got the idea when I saw someone post a picture of decorated eggs on FB. I thought I've got ones which are actually in the family.

Deb said...

Just beautiful! I saw these kind of decorated eggs on Facebook & I was wondering how they were done.

glorm said...

Hi, Deb! Thanks for commenting.

They do take a long time. You have to be able to draw a straight line with an implement on an egg! Most designs are symmetrical too.

Back in the 70s they used to sell one egg for at least $12 at crafts shows. I think the wooden ones with the painted on designs go for less.