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Simply put, it is an Easter egg decorated using a wax resist aka batik method. But it is much more than that. Ukrainians have been decorating eggs, creating these miniature jewels, for countless generations. There is a ritualistic element involved, magical thinking, a calling out to the gods and goddesses for health, fertility, love, and wealth. There is a yearning for eternity, for the sun and stars, for whatever gods that may be.
The design motifs on pysanky date back to pre-Christian times—many date to early Slavic cultures, while some harken to the days of the Trypillians , my neolithic ancestors, others to paleolithic times.
While the symbols have remained through the ages, their interpretation has changed, in an act of religious syncretism. A triangle that once spoke of the three elements, earth, fire and air, now celebrates the Christian Holy Trinity. The cross which depicted the rising sun is now the symbol of the risen Christ.
Sun and star symbols once referred to Dazhboh, the sun god, and now refer to the one Christian God. And the fish, which spoke of a plentiful catch and a full stomach, now stands in for Christ, the fisher of men. Even so, under this Christian veneer, there still lurk the berehynia and the serpent, the sun and the moon, the old gods, the old ways, and the old beliefs. They had been a gift from a friend fo hers. I wrote my first pysanka in Ukrainian school, when I was 7 years old, and became hooked.
I have been learning about them and writing them ever since. As I have gotten more technically proficient, I have sold them long ago, while in college and medical school and still donate them occasionally to charity sales and auctions.
Mostly, I give them away, as gifts, to friends and family, as is our Ukrainian tradition. I have shared my love of pysanky with friends world-wide, and have taught the art to friends and family in this country, hundreds of orphans in Ukraine, and to friends in India and Australia so far In recent years, I have begun to learn more about the traditional aspects of my art, and have become more and more entranced by traditional designs and ethnographic patterns.
You can see some examples of these pysanky here , and read more about them here and here. And in I contributed some of my traditional pysanky to an exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. This web site is the product of more than forty years' experience with the art and craft of pysankarstvo.
I have studied the work of others, and built up a library of books and images. I have written many handouts, in English and Ukrainian , about pysanky. And I even posted an article to Wikipedia. In I decided to begin documenting my art, and have begun photographing all of the pysanky in my possession, and the collections of my friends and family. It is an ongoing project which has consumed much time and bandwidth. I have learned a lot in the process.
If you are having difficulty viewing my site, consider using a different browser Safari, Chrome, Firefox to view the problematic pages. I began my website several years ago with a few simple photos, and have been adding to it on a regular basis ever since.
As my web skills and software improved, I began adding lots of text and diagrams. I have migrated all of my old pysanka content and begun adding new content at this current website. To find a detailed listing of the contents of my site, or to find a specific page that may have moved since you viewed it last, check out the Index.
Search my site with Google. In April I added a Pysanka Blog to this site You can see what I did post, when I could, here. My website is large, with hundreds of pages and sub-sites; these pages can be roughly divided into three groups: A rough outline is provided below. A better outline is provided in my Index. Folkways involved in the making and giving of pysanky.
Types of Decorated Ukrainian Eggs: Krashanky, Dryapanky and more. A bit about Ukrainian ethnography and regional pysanky, as well as the Ukrainian alphabet and transliteration to English. I discuss technical aspects of writing pysanky, including: Basic and additional supplies. This section is constantly being expanded and improved, so it is worth checking once in a while. Help for pysankary who teach or would like to teach.
I am creating an annotated bibliography with my reviews sometimes and sources for the books, if known. On these pages you will find photos of pysanky that I myself have have created. My modern non-folk pysanky are sorted into these sections: New Pysanky including brown eggs.
Posters , Baskets and Bowls. This is my ever-expanding collection of traditional Ukrainian folk pysanky. I have recreated designs from many different sources, and brought them together here, grouped by ethnographic region. So far, I have uploaded. These sections are in varying degrees of completion.
There are also sections on drop-pull pysanky , and on the Sorokoklyn 40 triangle pysanka, a pattern that is found throughout Ukraine. For teachers and fellow pysanka-makers, I have included many downloadable. Photos of pysanky that I have collected during my travels in Ukraine.
They include traditional, Hutsul, and Trypillian styles, as well as some that are pure flights of fancy by the pysankarka. Some of the eggs in these collections were made by me particularly those belonging to my mother and sister-in-law. Variations on the Pysanka: I have lots of photos of decorated eggs which are not pysanky. Decorating eggs seems to be a worldwide activity.
I hope to expand this eventually, based on my translations of the Ukrainian folk tradition literature. They are interesting both for the folk background they provide, and as a source of design ideas.
Ukrainian post cards with pysanky on them. These were generally not, with the exception of the vintage cards, Easter greeting cards, simply post cards of attractively decorated eggs.
And I have lots of other materials of interest to the pysanka maker. These, too, will slowly be added to the site, as I digitize them, so keep checking! I hope you enjoy my site. Drop me a note if you get a chance! If you are having trouble viewing any of the pages, have missing graphics, skewed text or other problems, consider trying the following: Using a browser that meets web standards, such as Safari or Chrome.
Also, please do let me know about any missing graphics. Things sometimes just disappear, and need to be tweaked to reload. Margins, fonts and graphics get messed up. And changing to a new web hosting company in and transferring my entire site also caused some errors to appear.
Please contact me if you find any. Be advised that the content on these pages is my work, except where noted. The text, photos and illustrations have been put here to share; if you wish to print them out for personal use, or for teaching purposes, please feel free to do so. If you wish to reproduce them on your website, or in another publication, please ask first.
You can contact me via the e-mail link below. Back to MAIN home page of this site. What is a pysanka? Krashanky, Dryapanky and more Symbols: Using a browser that meets web standards, such as Safari or Chrome Also, please do let me know about any missing graphics.