Ukrainian Easter eggs important art form 

Susan Jacques 

For centuries, Ukrainians have created precious Easter eggs, known as pysanka.  For many families, this is an important cultural ritual that brings them together each Easter. The eggs are decorated using the wax-resist (batik) method. Designs are drawn in pencil on a raw egg, dipped in different colours between waxings, then de-waxed and varnished. The egg is then hollowed out by drilling a small hole in the top and bottom to let the innards seep out. The stunning motifs are often taken from Slavic Folk Art and, as is apparent when you study one of these creations, much focus and attention to detail is required to produce such important and beautiful works of art.