Children try archaic egg painting technique at “Ion Creangă” Library

An archaic egg painting technique was taught at an workshop hosted by the National Children’s Library “Ion Creangă”. Over 25 children who are regular visitors of the library and their parents could familiarize themselves with the wax egg painting method and learn about the meaning of the egg in Christianity, IPN reports.

Museographer of the Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography Sebastian Paic, who moderated the workshop, said the wax painting of eggs with successive dye baths helps to protect the color with the help of patterns and the quill. The place where the pattern is put is covered with wax and the rest of the egg is dyed successively with different colors. Later the wax is removed by being warmed.

Sebastian Paic noted that the oldest egg painted by such a technique on Romania’s territory dates from the sixth century. The egg decorated by different techniques is associated with the Easter holidays. The egg is the symbol of nature, of life, being associated with spring, when nature revives, and with the Easter holidays that are held in spring to celebrate the return to life of Jesus Christ.

Eugenia Bejan, director general of the National Children’s Library “Ion Creangă”, said that the library hosts such a workshop involving children for the first time. The attending children will learn this egg painting technique and will later use it on Easter and will share it with other mates.

“The Easter holidays mean being kinder, sharing love to those around. The library is a space where we not only read, but also learn new things, communicate and develop particular skills,” stated Eugenia Bejan.

The workshop was staged by the Romanian Cultural Institute “Mihai Eminescu” in cooperation with the National Children’s Library “Ion Creangă” of Chisinau.

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