With millions of people celebrating Easter this week (March 31-April 3), Visnews takes a look at an ancient custom--decorating easter eggs.
SCU & CU Women decorating eggs (2 shots)
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CU Design being traced onto eggs
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CU Wax pins being heated over candle flame.
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CU Decorated egg (2 shots)
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Background: With millions of people celebrating Easter this week (March 31-April 3), Visnews takes a look at an ancient custom--decorating easter eggs.
Decorated eggs have been associated with mythical and religious ceremonies from the earliest pagan times. But with the acceptance of Christianity, the tradition was adopted--and changed to symbolise the tomb from which Christ arose.
Ukrainian woman have been particularly adopt in the practice, with intricate designs handed down from mother to daughter for generations.
But, in the United States, Ukrainian immigrants gradually forsook the "old world" methods--except at Baltimore's International YWCA, where hundreds of women recently turned out for a class in egg painting.
SYNOPSIS: Decorating water eggs is a highly developed art form. These Ukrainian immigrants, living in Baltimore, are attending a special class in egg painting. In their homeland, designs are handed down from mother to daughter for generations.
It's a tricky process. The intricate patterns are first traced onto the eggs with a wax-filled pen. Then, the eggs are dipped repeatedly into a cold dye bath.
The last step involves burning off the protective wax to reveal the layers of colour. Designs like this one have been associated with mythical and religious ceremonies from the earliest pagan times.
When Christianity emerged, egg painting was changed to symbolise the tomb from which Christ rose. And, still the ancient tradition continues--despite plastic eggs and instant dyes.