Pysanky cousins: Sorbian eggs

The centuries-old Sorbian egg-decorating tradition is a wax-resist process similar to Ukrainian pysanky. Sorbian egg decoration features application of wax using the drop pull method with glass-head pins as well as with unique handcrafted tools made from natural chicken or goose feathers cut in simple geometric shapes. Sorbians (also known as Wendish or Lusatians) are an ethnic minority descended from Slavs who settled in today's eastern Germany and western Poland in the 7th century AD.
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Kerstin Hanusch presents her traditionally decorated eggs at her booth at the 16th Sorbian Easter egg market in Schleife, eastern Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany

Kerstin Hanusch presents her traditionally decorated eggs at her booth at the 16th Sorbian Easter egg market in Schleife, eastern Germany. Easter is a particularly important time of year for Sorbs, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany

Painted Easter eggs sit on display for sale at the annual Sorbian Easter market in Schleife, Germany.

Painted Easter eggs sit on display for sale at the annual Sorbian Easter market in Schleife, Germany.

An egg decorated in the Sorbian manner, using a trimmed goose quill to apply wax.  (This is NOT a Polish pisanka.)

An egg decorated in the Sorbian manner, using a trimmed goose quill to apply wax. (This is NOT a Polish pisanka.)

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