UKRAINIAN PYSANKY & BEADWORK

Craft for Sale

Nata Stone & Lidia Grechana

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Canopy B

Nata Stone is a master of Ukrainian-style Easter eggs or pysanky. Pysanky is a wax resist technique similar to batik that involves repeatedly drawing intricate wax designs on a blown-out egg and then dying the egg with a succession of colors, from the lightest to the darkest, while keeping the areas that are already dyed covered with wax. Natasha learned her art from her grandmother and she uses the traditional designs and symbols that date back to ancient times.  Beaded necklaces called gerdans and beadwork samplers are also among the traditional Ukrainian arts that are alive in Utah today.  Beadwork has been practiced in rural areas throughout western Ukraine for centuries and is used to adorn clothes, religious icons and other textiles.