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A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.
The earliest examples of intactpysanky have not been found, but egg fragments decorated by the waxresist method have been unearthedduring archaeological excavationsin Poland. In pre-Christian times, Slavic culture included worship of a sun god, and the bird was thesun god’s chosen creation; thus, eggs the birds laid were seen asmagical objects, a source of life. The egg was important for rite-of-Spring festivals, representing rebirth. With the advent of Christianity, the symbolism of the egg was changed to represent, not nature’s rebirth, but the rebirth of man. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb fromwhich Christ rose.
Participants (ages 15 to adult) in this workshopwill receive handouts that include step-by-step instructions, traditional images and their meanings, and the symbolism of the various colors of dye they will use to complete their egg projects. Information on creating more pysanky will be provided as well, in catalogs selling dyes, wax, kistky (the small, funnel-like pens used to write on the eggs with wax), and design guides.
Cost for the workshop is $65. Please wear close-fitting clothes and make sure long hair is tiedback or up, as we will be heatingour kistky with candles. Gloves are supplied; in case of latex allergy, please bring your own.
All materials will be provided. Maximum class size 12. Cost: $65. Deadline for registration is February 16, 2018. Sign up online at barrierislandscenter.org or call 757-678-5550. For additional information, please email Sarah Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org).