In Europe, one of the traditional symbols associated with the Easter celebrations is the egg.?
LV Horse and cart drive through village of Grudzice.
LV and CU EXTERIOR of museum
SV and CU INTERIOR display of decorated Easter eggs in ethnographical department (4 shots)
CU Eggs boiling in saucepan
CU Mrs Stefania Topolowa at stove
CU Mrs Topolowa removing eggs from pan and putting them in dyes, before placing them on table
SV Mrs Topolowa brings dyed eggs to table where her mother and daughter art at work
CU Daughter scraping dye off egg (3 shots)
CU Grandmother doing more intricate design (4 shots)
CU Mrs Topolowa scraping design
CU Basket of partially completed and finished eggs.
??? shots of Grudzice village, inside shots of Mrs Stefania Topolowa house: eggs boiling : eggs colouring : eggs decorating/Mrs Stefania Topolowa, her daughter Carmen Okos and her mother Mrs Maria Warwas/
decorating of eggs : presentation of decorated eggs : decorating of china-ware
decorating of china-ware : Opole Silesia Museum building : collection of easter eggs : china collection
Decorated Easter eggs are very popular in the villages of Opole Silesia region in this period. The tradition is very old, ??? to the 10th century. One thousand years old decorated eggs were found during archaeological excavations made in Ostrowek district of Opole. Coloured eggs were an important element in pagan Slavs customs: especially during the spring-time festivities; they were some kind of amulets.
In the village of Grudzice - as well as throughout the whole of Opole Silesia region and throughout Poland - there are different methods of decorating the eggs. The presented ???, called "kroszonka", consists in dyeing the eggs /usually dark colours: black, brown, lilac, sometimes with onion peel/and then ??? scraping various patterns /the most often motive-flowers/. For scraping Stefania Topolowa uses a special tool, but frequently women use any kind of sharp knives. This tradition is passed from generation to generation.
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Background: In Europe, one of the traditional symbols associated with the Easter celebrations is the egg. According to experts, the decorated Easter egg is an evolution of the idea of the egg as an ancient symbol of renewed life.
SYNOPSIS: This is the small Polish village of Grudrzice, where tradition of decorating eggs for Easte/has been preserved for centuries. In a nearby museum, there are examples dating back several centuries; and in the region, archaeological excavations have uncovered decorated eggs a thousand years old. Amongst Slav people, it is thought, coloured eggs played an important part even further back into history, in pagan festivities marking the coming of spring. The origins may be lost, but the egg decorating persists.
The technique for making eggs is deceptively simple. Stefania Topolowa, who lives in the village, has been making decorated eggs every Easter since she was a child. There are different methods for decorating eggs, which vary from region to region. The Grudzice way is called "kroszonka". Here the eggs are dipped into dye after they have been boiled. The dyes are dark colours, almost all made from vegetables and plants found locally.
Adding the pattern is a family affair. Each has its own traditional design, though most incorporate a flower motif. It is achieved by scraping away the dyed surface to reveal the white shell beneath. There has been a great upsurge in ethnic arts and crafts in recent years, and many of these Easter symbols have become popular collectors' items with travellers through the region.
As with most crafts, the equipment is simple, and has changed little over over the years. Special "engraving tools" are sometimes used now, but a sharp knife does the job just as well. As the intricate design emerges, it seems hard to believe that in a few days time this work will be briefly admired, then destroyed, as the Topolowa family celebrate Easter breakfast together.