Purple, orange, yellow and green on a black background. This traditional Pysanka is one of my favorite designs to create. There's something quite satisfying about the balance of a central medallion on each side encircled with an eternity band. Just feels right. And no matter what color combination I choose, it always comes out lovely and exactly right. I started with a white egg, as is traditional, then went through yellow, green, orange, and purple then dyed it black for the final color.
Because it is a traditional egg, there are many meaningful symbols including:
- Nets = Protection
- Crosses = Christianity or the four corners of the earth
- Spirals/Curls = Protection from evil
- Dots = Stars or Spring (they represent eggs!) or Mary's tears
- Rose = Love and caring
- Diamonds = Knowledge
The eternity band is also a protection from evil. Because it has no beginning or end, an evil spirit will become trapped in the egg.
It's on Etsy if you are interested: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76200914/traditional-ukrainian-egg-stylized-rose
I hope you enjoy it!