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Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Updated on March 27, 2016

Ukrainian Easter Eggs Batik Painted, Pysanky Pysanka

These are pristine vintage - handmade during WW2 - very old and very detailed work traditional Easter eggs.

I hope you like my photos - feel free to copy and print out! For archives - I photographed the Ukrainian eggs before they get damaged any further

Each region, each village, and almost every family in Ukraine had its own special ritual, its own symbols, meanings and secret formulas for dyeing eggs.

Antique traditionally made real blown chicken egg with design made via batik wax dye. This authentic Easter egg is blown by piercing both ends of the egg and than blowing the yolk out and then resealed.

Symbolic representation of designs include:
Leaves and flowers shows life and growth.
Flowers are for Beauty & Humility.
Triangles denotes the Holy Trinity.
Sun signs are the warm love of the Eternal God.
Ribbons, belts encircling the egg with no beginning or end denotes eternity.
Ladders means prayer, steps to heaven.

Colors have secondary meaning to the symbols used on Pysanky.
Black represents earth, eternity and darkest time before dawn.
Red symbolizes happiness, passion and blood.
Orange/Yellow means the sun, harvest, warmth and family.
White is for purity, light and virginity.

According the Wiki, "The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out ...is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it ... Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of new life in Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland and other Slavic countries' folk traditions. A batik (wax resist) process is used to create intricate, brilliantly-colored eggs., the best-known of which is the Ukrainian pysanka "

This types of eggs is also called Pisanica in Croatian and Pisanka in Polish.

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Vintage Ukrainian Decorated Eggs Batik Dyed

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    H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

    I can only say one thing...beautiful!