Easter in Technicolor

THE UKRAINIAN CRAFT OF ‘PYSANKY'

On late winter evenings in Ukraine, women huddle in front of candle flames to recreate ancient designs on the most delicate of all canvases, a raw fertilized chicken egg. They are working to create pysanky (pee-SAHN-kee), finely decorated eggs for the celebration of Orthodox Easter, Pascha. These beautiful colored eggs have been crafted in Eastern Europe for centuries, but they reached their artistic culmination in Ukraine and are...

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Carrie Frederick Frost is a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She has taught herself pysanky.