Pysanky by Basia: Saving the world one Ukrainian Easter egg at a time.

YARDLEY, Pa. – Basia Andrusko has been writing pysanky since she was a child, carving intricate patterns on everything from chicken, finch and quail eggs to ostrich, emu and rhea eggs.

Pysanky comes from the word pysat, which means to write. Pysanky is the plural form of the word, and Basia describes it almost like hieroglyphs.

For example, a sheaf of wheat represents prosperity and generosity; Horses or Aries represent strength. The color blue represents health and white represents purity.

She makes pysanky jewelry and teaches courses teaching others the more than 2000-year-old tradition.

When Christianity was adopted in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in 988, pysanky became part of the Easter tradition with the eggs in Easter baskets.

According to Basoa, pysanky were considered good luck charms and the art was passed down from generation to generation.

A single egg can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 50 hours depending on the size of the egg and the complexity of the design.

She says legend has it that somewhere in western Ukraine, a monster is chained to a cliff. If many eggs are written this year, his chains will be tightened and goodwill will triumph over evil for another year. And so, she says, anyone who writes Pysanky saves the world one egg at a time.

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Dais Johnston

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