Pysanky Egg-decorating Workshop Showcases Ukrainian Heritage
HANOVER TWP. — The second annual Pysanky Easter egg workshop at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Parish proved so popular that organizers spread it across two days.
About 50 people attended Saturday’s workshop, while close to 70 turned up on Sunday to learn about Pysanky, a Ukrainian egg-decorating tradition for Easter, according to organizer Nichole Lasecki.
“It’s amazing,” said Lasecki, of Hanover Twp., who served as instructor and guide for the eager crowd in the packed meeting room of the church in the township’s Buttonwood section.
Pysanky egg decorating is more involved and intricate than standard Easter egg dying and coloring, according to Lasecki. It involves a long process that starts with carefully formulated dyes that Lasecki said she ordered from a specialty shop in Minnesota.
The process utilizes heated beeswax and a special stylus known as a kistka, which is used to decorate eggs with colorful Ukrainian and Eastern European symbols and designs via a “wax-resist method.”
The designs incorporate a wide range of colors, images of nature and religious symbolism.
It takes time and practice to master the technique, according to Lasecki, who said the workshops could last about four hours.
Lasecki said her mother started to teach her the fine points of Pysanky decoration when she was four, and she passed along that knowledge to her children at a similar age.
The church plans to make the Pysanky egg workshop an annual tradition each spring as Easter nears, Lasecki said.
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