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


            Pattern Sheet

            Binyashevsky Gallery

                    Book:  Southern Bukovyna

                    Book:  Northern Bukovyna



                    ”World” Pages

                    Lost Pysanky

            Museum Gallery

                    National Museum Kyiv

                    Chernivtsi KM Set 1

                    Chernivtsi KM Pre-War

                    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




            Other Chernivtsi

                Strozhynets (Сторожинець) raion

                Podnistrovya (Подністров’я) region


Multicultural Ukraine

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