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Monday, March 11, 2013

Pysanky - magically beautiful

(Pysanky eggs decorated by Annie Reser)

 Pysanky is the plural form of pysanka, a Ukrainan word which means “hand written egg” or richly decorated Ukrainian Easter Egg.  Pysanky design involves drawing with hot beeswax using a specialty drawing tool,  kitsky. 

Pysanky is an ancient art form and has been known at least since 30th century BCE. The most common designs found on pysanky are associated with plants, flowers and fruit. In the past, the women who wrote pysanky–pysankarky–drew their inspiration from the world of nature, depicting flowers, trees, fruits, leaves and whole plants in a highly stylized fashion. Read more about the floral motifs here.
Pysanka Museum in Ukraine
The Ukrainian Museum in New York, NY

Are they magical or just magically beautiful? Find out about the interesting development of this pagan talisman that is so popular in Christianity. Learn to make jewel like eggs that you will be addicted to for life! 
(Strawberry egg by Annie Reiser)

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