A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write.” The designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.
The designs in these photos are free-form experiments by a group of friends around a table in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Ken Dorph, the host, shares his family tradition each year on the eve of Easter. No two eggs are alike, and each is a surprise to its maker when the wax is melted, then rubbed away.
Friends gather in Sag Harbor at the home Ken Dorph to share in his family tradition of Ukrainian egg dyeing.