Sorbian Easter eggs – traditional Slavic artworks
The Sorbs are a Western Slavic people which is recognized as a national minority in Germany and in Saxony and Brandenburg, living in areas of the middle and lower Lusatia. One of the main traditions of the Sorbs is decorating the Easter eggs. Meanwhile, the Sorbian Easter eggs have become so well known that almost everyone has seen this already somewhere. Look at the images in our collection. You will certainly recognize these magnificent creations. The Sorbian eggs decoration dates from the 17th century and is passionately practiced to this day. It is not a chaotic decorate of the eggs, but quite deliberately applied patterns and symbols. The egg itself is considered in the Sorbs fertility symbol – origin of life. At the beginning, only the sponsored children have gifted her godparents with Easter eggs and candy, but the custom has grown with time. Nowadays present family members, relatives and friends each other with brightly painted Easter eggs.
Sorbian Easter eggs designs
The most important symbols in the decoration are the Sun, which stands for life as a whole, the triangular figures associated with the Trinity or the family, and also the tree of life, symbolizing growth and fertility. Very often to see vines and star flowers. Easter symbols, you meet the cross and the lamb. The colors have also an important role in the Sorbian Easter eggs. For example the Red symbolizes love and power as well as friendship and magic. Traditionally, natural dyes are used such as onion skins, beech, alder cones.
Colourful warm nuances
The main techniques used in the design of the Sorbian Easter eggs are four. The etching is the oldest. Have used the Sorbs for formic acid and the lactic acid from sauerkraut. Another technique is the technique of wax. The egg is first spotted with hot beeswax and until the paint is applied. This developed into the embossing technique. Here, the wax is dyed before. Paint and wax together form a relief on the eggshell. The engraving technique is very complicated and delicate. Different patterns and figures in the already colored shell be scratched by scraping with a sharp object.
There are special Easter markets like this in loop, East Germany, where you can admire numerous Sorbian Easter eggs. If you are at this time of year, not far from the great opportunity and visit the Sorbian Easter market. We wish you lots of fun and Happy Easter!
Easter market in loop 2013
Each egg – a unique work of art
Guest reception with bread and spices
Traditional Sorbian costume
Filigree decorated Easter eggs
Strong masculine colours
Monochromatic egg pendant with wax flowers
Dainty flowers and hearts
Large basket full of colorfully painted eggs
Successful wax technique
Fancy feats on wheat
Goose and duck eggs are decorated very much
Wax flowers on solid eggs
Stylized flowers and stars
Symbolism of colors and patterns
Engraving technique demonstration
Wax technique in cobalt blue and Red
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