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Pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Eggs using Natural Dyes (one-day course)

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Božena will guide participants in making some natural dyes from organic ingredients for their Ukrainian Pysanky and Travlenky eggs. Other dyes used will be prepared ahead of time.

Once the dyes are steeping, participants will get started on the process of inscribing an egg with designs to experience the miraculous birth of a pysanka. Pysanky (plural) are talismans imbued with symbols of protection and goodwill, and making them is a ritual act. Participants will practice their pysanky techniques, using the wax-resist “batik” method, in which designs are drawn or written onto the egg with beeswax, and then submerged in a series of dye baths.

The “travlenky” etched Ukrainian egg will also be introduced. The name travlenka comes from the Ukrainian word for “etching”: travlenya. Travlenky are created by applying wax designs on eggs and then etching away the unwaxed areas using an acid solution, most commonly vinegar. This practice produces beautiful delicate and subtle tones and has gained popularity in recent years. Participants will learn how, with very simple tools, you can create both simple and intricate designs, all with stunning effect.


March 23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm