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. “


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 –    –

Workshop Pysanka in the country of Caçador- SC (the ancient Ukrainian art in eggs)

The Ukrainian Community of Caçador-SC received on March 13th and 14th one of the “Pysanka – Ukrainian Crafts workshop, Brazil, Santa Catarina” (Bid Elizabeth Anderle Stimulus Culture – Cultural Foundation of Santa Catarina).

The curriculum was developed at the headquarters of SESC – Caçador, and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds took part. The class exceeded expectations, absorbing very content and developing great work. For Leoni Welicz (chairman of the community) the workshop was very important to arouse the interest of ethnic Ukrainian Caçador, who recently wasn’t widely known by local society. He also thanked the coordinators and Oksana Vilson Kotviski the choice of the city, even when dealing with an extreme and distant from other clusters of Ukrainian descent in Brazil.

The materials and expertise provided to the community through the project will be used as next week, during the celebrations of the city’s birthday, which will have a major event in Caçador’s Exhibition Park. On this site there is a beautiful village of ethnic groups, and the house will be offered to Ukrainian workshop pysanka visitors.

Coordination of workshops and design: Vilson José Kotviski (

Pysanky – Ukrainian, Brazilian Craftwork: pysanka workshops, ukrainian easter eggs

The “Pysanky – Ukrainian, Brazilian Craftwork” project was prized by the Culture Stimulus Elisabete Anderle Announcement, promoted by the Santa Catarina State Government. “This announcement was recognized as one of Brazil’s best ideas to value the cultural producers’ work. All the jury representatives got involved and took this project as a model to their States in order to make it come true” says the CEC president, Péricles Prade. “The evaluators stressed the amount of projects. We had a very good extract on what is about the cultural segment about what Santa Catarina’s citizens are able to produce in culture and art terms” completes the Organization and Monitoring Commission president, Leoni Silva. Going back to the cultural production, circulation, research, formation, preservation and spread matter, the Elisabete Arlene Announcement praises seven cultural areas which were subdivided into segments. The  “Pysanky – Ukrainian, Brazilian Craftwork” project  which author is Vilson José Kotviski, was praised as popular arts – folklore and craftwork, and is going to promote ten pysanka workshops in various places such as: Pintadinho e Jangada (Porto União), Irineópolis, Caçador, Três Barras, Canoinhas, Mafra, São Bento do Sul, Papanduva e Itaiópolis. More informations on: – Vilson José Kotviski