Priashiv region


The Ukrainians of the Priashiv (Presov) region in Eastern Slovakia are ethnographically Lemko, people who live in the mountains and foothills of the far western reaches of the Carpathians. Most traditional Lemko territory does not lie within the boundaries of modern day Ukraine.  A small portion is in the western part of Zakarpattia oblast (Transcarpathia), but most is divided fairly equally between Slovakia and Poland. 

Lemky in Priashiv have remained, for the large part, in their ancestral villages, unlike their Polish kinsmen, who were resettled throughout Poland and repatriated to Ukraine.  Pysankarstvo was encouraged there during Soviet times; Markovych documented this in his work and preserved many of the traditional designs.  

The Lemko people use both variations of wax resist to create their pysanky: linear batik and drop-pull. There is only one example of the former among Binyashevsky’s examples, but he does give numerous examples of the latter.

Lemko drop-pull is often bicolor–the design written on the white of the eggshell and a dyed background color–but multicolored pysanky exist, too.  In Binyashevsky’s work, the multicolored pysanky are from Priashiv.

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