Pysanka Exhibit



From the guide:  This is the first of the free-standing box cases, and it contains a very different type of pysanka.  The pysanky in this case come from the Lemko regions, in the foothills of the Carpathians. While Lemky are ethnographic Ukrainians, and many live in the Zakarpattya oblast (state) of Ukraine, many more reside in areas which are now a part of Eastern Slovakia and Poland.

While Lemky do write pysanky in the traditional manner, they also write them in the drop-pull style, using a pin or nail to apply the hot, molten wax to the egg.  They create designs with the dots and commas they created by touching the pinhead to the egg and pulling. Lemky favor bright colors, and the eggs are rarely multicolored.  They create not only stars, suns and flowers, but human figures, waves, intricate borders and birds. 

Can you find the pysanky with women on them?  Dancers?  Flying birds (swallows)?

The pysanky in this case were written by Arnie Klein and me, Luba Petrusha.

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