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Straw Covered Eggs

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Straw decorated eggs are traditional in several countries; Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine, to mention a few, and are always admired, appreciated and treasured.  How are they made?   Blow the natural eggs out for years of enjoyment, paint them a solid color if you wish (or use a wooden egg for the form) and begin creating.  Leave the eggs in their natural shade and embellish with your choice of colors.  This is an activity for all ages and abilities and not limited to holidays.

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Detail of egg by Sidonka Wadina 2005

Another offering by Sidonka Wadina, this time with a theme of goddesses:

Goddess motif on goose eggs by Sidonka Wadina, Courtesy Endowment for the Arts, straw decorated eggs, The Straw Shop

Goddess motif on goose eggs by Sidonka Wadina, Courtesy Endowment for the Arts

The number of  straw pieces applied to an egg is referred to as handwritings in the  Czech Republic.  It is not unusual for some artists to have 300-600 handwritings per egg.  Each egg takes hours and hours of patience in preparation and execution.

From the Czech republic, artist Alois Slezacek presents the following eggs made of barley and oat straw:

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Exhibition of Easter eggs made by Alois Slezacek ,Czech Republic. (CTK Photo/Libor Zavoral)

Also from the Czech Republic is professional egg decorator Marcela Hrabovská:

Straw decorated eggs, Marcela Hrabovská, Czech Republic, Courtesy Czech Cookbook dot com, straw eggs, The Straw Shop

Straw decorated eggs, Marcela Hrabovská, Czech Republic, Courtesy Czech Cookbook dot com

Her painstaking detailed work in the following video is fascinating to see. See it here. An extend video is available here.

From Belarus, we are delighted to present the next three images from Master straw artist Raisa Ramanenia.

Egg of barley and rye basket, Courtesy Raisa Ramanenia

Egg of barley and rye basket, Courtesy Raisa Ramanenia

 

Egg of barley and rye basket, Courtesy Raisa Ramanenia

Egg of barley and rye basket, Courtesy Raisa Ramanenia

Eggs of barley and rye bases, Courtesy Raisa Ramanenia

Eggs of barley and rye bases, Courtesy Raisa Ramanenia

From Serbia, artist Biserka Horvacki in Subotica, shared a wonderful collection of eggs she decorated:

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Straw decorated eggs, Courtesy Biserka Horvacki, Subotica

 

The images below are meant to spark your imagination.   The beauty of a straw decorated egg is as much in its simplicity or in its complexity. We have identified the artists when possible.

 

You will find this short video helpful:

 

Straw decorated eggs may appear in many forms at any time of the year.