On April 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. the Wilton Historical Society is hosting a Ukrainian Egg decorating workshop just in time for the Easter Holiday.
Participants will learn the colorful and venerable craft of decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, known as pysanky (their name is derived from the Ukrainian verb meaning to write). Expert egg decorator Susan Clark will lead this workshop for adults and children and explain the importance of this tradition to the people of Ukraine. This ancient craft uses symbols and motifs to create a jewel-like egg. Intricate designs can be created with geometric forms, or with more naturalistic, flowing patterns. Participants will be using a kistka, a pointed implement a bit like a pen, filled with beeswax and heated, to draw designs on the eggs between bathing them in colored dye. Decorate eggs in a traditional design, or create your own.
This workshop is limited to 20 participants and will take place at the Abbott Barn. Family groups will be seated together. The fee is $30 for members and $40 per non-member, per person, and includes materials. This event is suggested for children 9 years old and older and for adults.
Did You Know?
“According to Ukrainian folklore, the fate of the world depends on pysanky, intricately decorated dyed Easter eggs. As long as people make pysanky, it is said, a monster personifying evil will remain chained to its cliff and the world will be safe.” – The New York Times, , 4/5/1984