The art of pysanky: ‘It helps you prepare for Easter mentally and spiritually’

By | April 20, 2019

While many families bring out the food colouring and boiled eggs at this time of year, it’s a little more complicated for some Ukrainian-Canadians.

Each year they gather around jars of brightly coloured dye, sheets of beeswax, and flickering candles to practice the traditional art of making Easter eggs — also known as pysanky.

Winnipeg’s Michelle Kowalchuk learned the craft from her mother when she was a child. Now she is sharing it, and helping keep the intricate art alive. 

Watch her ply her craft: 

While many families bring out the food colouring and boiled eggs at this time of year, its a little more complicated for some Ukrainian-Canadians. Each year they gather around jars of brightly coloured dye, sheets of beeswax and flickering candles to practice the traditional art of making Easter eggs. Winnipeg’s Michelle Kowalchuk learned the craft from her mother when she was a child. Now she is sharing it and helping keep the intricate art alive. 2:58