The Modern Era


This began to change, probably in the 19th century, when professional pysankarstvo arose, and pysanky began to be created to order.  (This probably existed to some small degree previously, but became more prominent in this period.) Women who had mastered the art, called variously pysarky, pysankcharky, or pysankarky would create pysanky for sale.  They were often paid in barter, receiving eggs or produce in exchange, but some even sold them for money.  As Vira Manko notes in her book, "The Ukrainian Folk Pysanka," pysankarky from the Hutsul areas sold their pysanky not just locally, but even in markets in Hungary. (The Hutsul region, it should be noted, has the highest concentration of traditional folk artists anywhere in Ukraine.  Most have been creating folk art for many generations.) 

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