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Intricate Pysanky Eggs

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Monday April 09, 2012
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department

This morning Rachel shared some AMAZING photos with us. They are from this past holiday weekend, when her brother's girlfriend taught them how to make Pysanky. Pysanky is a specific Ukrainian egg decorating tradition.

Rachel says "It's basically like doing batik on hollow eggs - you draw your design on the egg in hot wax, dip it in dye and then add more wax and repeat by dyeing in a darker color. We used beeswax that we heated in little kistka (or stylus pots) in the candle flame, then drew with the liquid wax. At the very end, you heat the egg in the candle and wipe the wax off to reveal the pattern".  

Here are some images of the process. We can't believe how intricate and beautiful these eggs are...


Drawing with hot wax

Melting wax with candle

Up close close after drawing with wax

After first dip; red rubber band to block dye

Blue egg after first dye

Eggs drying

After second dye!

Finished eggs


TAGS:  Pysanky, Rachel Doriss, Ukraine, Easter Eggs, Batik, Kistka


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