The area known as Bukovyna is a culturally heterogeneous region, with inhabitants of Ukrainian, Romanian, Russian and Roma ancestry. It is currently divided between Ukraine and Romania, with the northern part forming the current Ukrainian oblast of Chernivtsi.

I have included (or plan to do so) information about the territory and ethnography of Bukovyna, as well as modern Chernivtsi oblast, along with lots of pysanky.  Many of the pysanky in this section are from the collection of Ivan Balan. Others are from museum collections, or recreated from books.

(Note: the numeration of the eggs from the Balan collection, i.e. the  “Балан - №,” simply reflects the order in which they were photographed and their data recorded.  It is just my bookkeeping system.)

Here’s an outline:


        About Bukovyna


        Chernivtsi oblast

Pysanky of Bukovyna

            Pysanky of Bukovyna   

            Pattern Sheet

            Binyashevsky Gallery

                    Book:  Southern Bukovyna

                    Book:  Northern Bukovyna



                    ”World” Pages

                    Lost Pysanky

            Museum Collections
National Museum Kyiv

                    Chernivtsi KM Set 1

                    Chernivtsi KM Prewar

                    Chernivtsi KM Set 2

                    Chernivtsi KM Set 3

                    Chernivtsi KM Set 4

            Kitsman (Кіцьман) raion

                    Mamayivtsi (Мамївці)

                    Putyla (Путила) raion

                            Pidzakharychi (Підзахаричі)

                            Putyla (Путила)

                            Roztoky (Розтоки)

                    Roztoky (Розтоки)

                            Equatorial division

                            Meridian division

                            Eight division

                            Diagonal division

                            Double Diagonal division


                            Lateral division

                            Lateral Band

                            Lateral Cross

                            Lateral Star

                            Double Band




                    Strozhynets (Сторожинець) raion

                    Lukavtsi (Лукавці) village

                    Podnistrovya (Подністров’я) region


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