PYSANKY

Pysanki are Ukrainian Easter eggs made using a wax-resist technique similar to that of batik making.

Hot wax is applied to the raw egg using a funnel like tool called a kitska. The tool is heated in a flame and the liquid wax is drawn onto the egg. Once the design is applied, the egg is dipped into successively darker dyes. After each color, those areas to be saved are covered with additional wax.

After the darkest color dye (usually purple or black), the wax is
melted off and the egg can be varnished and emptied. In the Ukraine and other Eastern European countries, pysanki (which are called kraslice in Czech) are make during Lent by women. The eggs are blessed at Easter, then exchanged as tokens of good luck, friendship, fertility, or love.

The colors and designs all have traditional meanings. Nicole produces both traditional and contemporary designs. David has added his own touch by using Greek motifs in a black on red style similar to classical Greek vases.

We hope you enjoy these creations, born out of a 3000 year old tradition, and still alive and well in Central Louisiana.

pysankis


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