Rio da Areia’s Colony: Pysanka’s Cultural Workshop (ancient Ukrainian tradition)

The ancient art known as Ukrainian eggs pysanka, was the subject of cultural workshop held at the Rio da Areia’s Colony (a town of Canoinhas-SC). In an atmosphere of tranquility, the students could learn the techniques for making pysanka, through the coordination of José Vilson Kotviski.

The Ukrainian community in Rio da Areia boasts one of the few Ukrainian wooden churches that still exist in Santa Catarina. One of the participants, Rose Mari Baiji (40) stated saying that “learn the art of pysanka always was a dream, but  they never had the opportunity. Now I can pass on to my children. “

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The pysanka are the symbol of Easter for the Ukrainians. Bring, however, printed on thin and fragile eggshell, the story of an ancient civilization whose roots go to the dawn of time.

Fragile and delicate in appearance, the pysanka through time tell us he story of hardworking people, educated, creative and more than just it, they were great dreamers who seeks to transfer to the surface of the  white egg, a rich and unique symbolism. Traces decided, undulating forms and colors of spring on the prairies and steppes are the purest expression of feelings and desires of infinitive peace, eternity, health, wealth and belief in the superiority of God.
The Ukrainian immigrant was able to preserve this art through the teaching of mother to child. Moreover, searching, discovered new pigments, incorporating the hues of nature of the new land.

Worshiping and spreading now for over a century this tradition, the Ukrainians and their descendants who have to bring more organic and depth of Ukrainian folk art, the pysanka.

Vilson José Kotviski – vilson@pessanka.com.br    –   www.pessanka.com.br