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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pysanky-Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Last week while thrift shopping I found three more Ukrainian eggs to add to my collection. These eggs, also known as Pysanky are absolutely gorgeous! Pysanky are known all over the world for their bright colors and intricate patterns. Thousands of years ago, before Christ, people decorated eggs believing them to hold great powers. The eggs represented the coming of spring and new birth. Later Christians adopted this tradition to symbolize the resurrection and promise of eternal life.

 If you have a steady hand and are creative you can make your own"Ukrainian" eggs. The process involves drawing the design in wax and placing the egg in a succession of dyes. When the wax is removed the colors in the design are revealed. Kits are available in some craft stores and online. I've tried making them a few times. It's a lot of fun but my efforts are amateurish at best!

The kit I have has an introduction by Luba Perchyshyn who was featured last year in a lovely article. she is over 90 years old and has kept the art of Pysanky alive in America.
Read more about her HERE.
Luba Perchyshyn, 91, is known worldwide for the Ukrainian easter eggs she has handmade for the last 87 years. She posed for a photo at The Ukrainian Gift Shop in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Luba says the legend of the eggs is that as long as pysanky are decorated, goodness will prevail over evil throughout the world. What a lovely thought! 
Happy Easter!
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  1. Wow! These eggs are beautiful! I imagine it takes a long time to decorate them!

  2. I have always admired these eggs, they truly are each a work of art in themselves and have such a timeless vintage appeal. Thanks for sharing the info on them!

  3. The are all very beautiful. Thanks for sharing this great art.