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80 Years Old Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

These Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky) were decorated by my Great-Aunt and her children, in Queens, New York, over 80 years ago.  The “sticks” displayed in front of the platter, are home made styluses (kistkas), used for outlining, with wax, the design on these eggs.  These styluses’ handles were made from tree twigs, and the metal funnels were made from a metal can cut outs, or straight pins pushed through the tips of the handles…..such was life 70 years ago.

Her love of art and tradition, was passed down to yet another generation, and another, and another, and still going…….Some of the dyes they used for coloring these eggs, where purchased in powder form, but other ones were created at home, by cooking red beets, onion skins, tree bark, etc.

I commend her children for preserving these Easter Eggs for all these years, and I am honored to be the recipient of this family heirloom.  I promised to continue to preserve these, and  to share the story about the beginning of our family roots in the US since early 1900’s.

bart-home-made-kistkas-and-current-ones1Here I have displayed the 80 years old home made styluses, in comparison to the two manufactured ones, used currently by most egg designers.  Professional egg designers  prefer to use the electric styluses with various size tips, ranging from very fine tips, used for the very fine lines of the design, to very large size tips, used for a large area to be filled with melted wax.

If you are interested in purchasing Egg Design books, or some very unique Easter Eggs, you can find them here.

Here you will be able to find Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating kits and other supplies.


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