Wheat

 
 

Wheat stalks are a fairly common element in diasporan pysanky, although they are not usually the main motif.  They are seen less commonly on traditional pysanky.

It is said that the Ukrainian flag, a field of light blue over a field of golden yellow, symbolizes the wheat fields of Ukraine under blue skies. It is perhaps a homesickness that drives Ukrainians abroad to include this common but life-giving grain in their folk art.  My mother, for one, loves pysanky with wheat motifs, so I’ve made a few in my time.

Wheat, when found on pysanky, is said to symbolize wishes for good health and a bountiful harvest.



3 Pussy Willow         Vegetables 4 

Stalks of Wheat


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