Handmade Czech Easter Eggs

Adam travels a lot for work. He just got back from Prague and brought me the most lovely handmade Czech Easter eggs as a souvenir. He bought them at a store called Manufaktura that says “We established our company with the aim to preserve and present Czech and Moravian craft which is in danger of disappearing nowadays. Gradually, we managed to join together more than 250 small craftsmen, former masters of folk production.”

They  had a lot of information about the history and tradition of the Czech Easter eggs. “Traditional Czech products are made of easily accessible natural materials – clay, wood, withe [twig], straw, linen…By old cult view, the egg as a symbol of life and its role was to provide for life-giving fertility and wealth. Egg decoration then intensified its symbolic and magic impressiveness in human perception. Hardly anywhere in the world, decoration of Easter eggs has developed in such graphic and technical variety as in Czech countries. Initially only filled eggs used to be decorated. They served as Easter presents and giving somebody an empty shell was inconceivable. Decoration of blown eggs spread in the days when decorated eggs started to be sold in larger measure in faraway regions.”

These eggs ” have various shades and tiny flower motifs. The most popular and the most current are those from the village of Borkovany in Southern Moravia. Thick flower ornaments covering the whole surface were often engraved on black or dark blue background.”

“This modern type of Easter egg is inspired by difficult Madeira embroidery. This pattern became established throughout the country in the last 10 years. Relief layer of wax is applied around the drilled pattern. Production requires skill, patience, and high quality tools.”

This is a Slavkov (Austerlitz) Easter egg. It is “made by batik technique (combination of red, yellow and orange colour) and by means of a ribbon. Traditional ornaments are floral. They come from the district of Slavkov.”

This egg is called a Twig Easter egg. “Created by batik technique in the combination of white, orange, red and black colour which is shaded after tie-dyeing itself. They are typical of a complex flower ornament. The circumference of the egg has a geometric decoration.”

This egg is a Vnorovske Easter egg. “They are named by a Moravian village where a typical production method has its origin. They are made by batik technique (combination of red, yellow, and orange colour) and by means of a ribbon and a small black spot the coloration is finished. The result is a combination of geometric and flower patterns.”

Finally, a map showing where the various easter eggs are from.  I’ve listed my eggs in order corresponding to numbers 4, 12, 13, 9, and 1 on the map, if you want to see from whence they came.

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