If you have decided to decorate your own Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka), you will need the following supplies:
I was lucky to have been invited to a Multicultural Evening, at a local Elementary School.
There were beautiful displays of artifacts and ethnic foods from several countries such as: Ukraine, Poland, Ireland, Australia, South America, India, China, Philippines, Scotland, and Africa. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful ethnic dance performance by Irish, India and Philippines dancers.
It was fascinating to sample the different ethnic foods, and admire the artifacts.
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were designed by my children, several years ago, under my guidance and assistance. I was a head counselor of a youth group, at my church, for 16 years, and Easter Egg decorating was the most desired craft project of the year. Even the youngest group members, 6 years old, tried their hand at the art of decorating Easter Eggs (we would let them use boiled eggs….to avoid disasters and disappointments with the finished product).
These Ukrainian Easter Eggs 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, used for drawing the outlines for the design on these eggs. The stylus handles were made from tree twigs, and the metal funnels were made from a metal can cut out…..such was life 70 years ago.