Drop-Pull Pysanky


In “Lemvishchyna,” the Lemko regions of the Carpathian ranges, pysanky are made in a different fashion from the rest of Ukraine. 

While still utilizing the basic wax-resist method, a simple pin-head is used (in lieu of a stylus) to place molten drops of wax on the surface of an egg.  The pin is then pulled sideways, creating the tail of the drop.  Designs are created by arranging the drops into various configurations.

In this technique, the wax has to be kept molten during use. In the past this was accomplished by setting a small bowl of wax among embers of coal. Today a metal spoon full of wax suspended over a candle or oil lamp, or even kept heated in an electric glue pot, can suffice.

Only a small percentage of the Lemko people are within Ukraine’s modern borders, however, the result of new national boundaries drawn after WWI and WWII.

The drop-pull technique is used by the Lemky of Slovakia (aka Rusyns), who reside in the  Pryashiv/ Пряшів, area.  This style of egg decoration is also common among the Lemky of Poland, as well as ethnic Poles, who they call their decorated eggs “pisanki”  (pee-sahn-kee).

In Lithuania they also create eggs with this method, and refer to them as “marguciai.”  Lithuanians have an interesting variation on this technique where they used colored waxes, and leave them on the egg as a form of decoration (embossing or encaustic). 

The decorative motifs are all formed from dots (drops), both pulled and not. Simple geometric designs can be formed


or the dots can be arranged into more complex configurations resembling flowers, crosses and stars.


Dots can also be arranged into bands.


You can view examples of these sorts of pysanky here:

Drop-pull eggs

Pryashiv pysanky

Lemko pysanky

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