Hey lovely readers,
It is Easter Time so let’s go to Ukraine & learn about the Art of Pysanka!
A Pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter Egg decorated with traditional Ukrainian designs using a wax resist method.
Pysanka derives from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty” meaning “to write”.
For countless generations, Ukrainian have been creating these miniature jewels.
The art of Pysanka dates back to the pre-Christian area.
Eggs decorated with nature symbols became an integral part of spring rituals, serving as benevolent talismans. The egg was also honored during rite-of-Spring festivals –– it represented the rebirth of the earth.
With Christianity, the symbolism of the egg represents the rebirth of the man. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose.
Every family in each village and in each region in Ukraine has its own special ritual, its own symbols and secret formulas for dyeing eggs. They have been preserved faithfully and passed from mother to daughter through generations.
Pysanky (plural of Pysanka) were made by the women of the family during the least week of Lent.
To give a Pysanka is to give a symbolic gift of life.
The design motifs differ from the triangle which celebrates the Christian Holy Trinity, the Cross which is the symbol of the Risen Christ, the sun and star which refer to the ONE Christian God, the fish stands for Christ the fisher of men & the Church.
The most popular Pysanka designs are geometric figures. Eternity Bands is another design composed of waves, lines or ribbons; such a line is called a “bezkonechnyk.” A line without end is said to represent immortality.
There are also Pysanky associated with plants & flowers, animal motifs, birds & insects.
The “tree of life” motif is widely used in traditional pysanky designs. Apples, plums & cherries are depicted on traditional pysanky. Scevomorphic designs are the second-largest group of designs and are representations of man-made agricultural objects.
Let’s talk about Pysanka colors:
–Red is the oldest symbolic color; it represents life-giving blood, love, joy & the hope of marriage.
-Black is a particularly sacred color & is most commonly associated with the “other world”.
-Yellow symbolizes the moon & stars and also, agriculturally, the harvest.
-Blue representes blue skies or the air & good health.
-White signifies purity, birth, light, rejoicing & virginity.
-Green is the color of new life in the spring. Green represents the resurrection of nature & the riches of vegetation.
-Brown represents the earth.
The art of Pysanka is a very beautiful tradition.
And you will learn more of how it is made by watching the video here below
Happy Easter my dear Friends!
With Ukrainian Love,