Belokranjske pisanice (Easter eggs)

Bela Krajina pisanice present a natural image of fertility. In numerous parts of Slovenia the ornaments have been drawn on Easter eggs with molten wax but this old way of drawing and the ornaments were preserved mostly in Bela Krajina. Here the ornate Easter eggs are called “pisanice” which means that they are drawn (written) with ornaments.

The wax ornaments are drawn with a special “pen” in which the wax gets molten above the candle flame. First the ornament in the egg shell colour is drawn which is then followed by colour coatings. At each of the coatings that follow one another from the lightest to the darkest those parts of the egg shell are covered with wax where certain components of the ornament are supposed to be.