Pysanky by Gail Kucharski
Pysanky Eggs
Meanings of Symbols, Colors and Triangles
The Artist
Ordering Information


The word “Pysanky” is derived from the Ukrainian root word “Pysaty”, meaning “to write”. A funnel shaped stylus called a “Kistka” is used to write a design on the egg with hot bee’s wax. Consecutive applications of wax and dye are used to create the finished “Pysanka”. Coloring begins with a white egg and continues through progressively darker dye baths until the final background color is applied. Then, very carefully, the wax is melted and wiped off to reveal the brilliant design created.


For more than 5,000 years, eggs have been treasured as symbols of life. They were decorated with pictures of the sun in celebration of the coming of spring. Pysanky has come to be an accepted and treasured means of conveying folklore from one generation to the next. Colors and patterns were combined in certain ways to produce special wishes for the recipient.


The size of the egg and the complexity of the design determine the amount of time required to complete a Pysanka. Chicken, duck and goose eggs are the most popular among Pysanka artists. Completion of an intricate design on a chicken egg can take as long as ten hours.


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