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Ukrainian Egg Workshop

  • Instructor: Sarah Morgan. 
  • Minimum Age: 14 yrs.  
  • Registration Deadline: February 16. 
  • Cost: $65. 

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. The earliest examples of intact pysanky have not been found, but egg fragments decorated by the wax resist method have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Poland. In pre-Christian times, Slavic culture included worship of a sun god, and the bird was the sun god’s chosen creation; thus, eggs the birds laid were seen as magical objects, a source of life. The egg was important for rite-of-Spring festivals, representing rebirth. With the advent of Christianity, the symbolism of the egg was changed to represent, not nature's rebirth, but the rebirth of man. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose.

Participants in this workshop will receive handouts that include step-by-step instructions, traditional images and their meanings, and the symbolism of the various colors of dye they will use to complete their egg projects. Information on creating more pysanky will be provided as well, in catalogs selling dyes, wax, kistky (the small, funnel-like pens used to write on the eggs with wax), and design guides.

All materials will be provided, but please wear close-fitting clothes and make sure long hair is tied back or up, as we will be heating our kistky with candles. Gloves are supplied; in case of latex allergy, please bring your own.