The area known as Bukovyna is a culturally heterogeneous region, with inhabitants of Ukrainian, Romanian, Russian and Roma ancestry. It is currently divided between Ukraine and Romania, with the northern part forming the current Ukrainian oblast of Chernivtsi.

I have included (or plan to do so) information about the territory and ethnography of Bukovyna, as well as modern Chernivtsi oblast, along with lots of pysanky.  Many of the pysanky in this section are from the collection of Ivan Balan

(Note: the numeration of these eggs, i.e. the  “Балан - №,” simply reflects the order in which they were photographed and their data recorded.  It is just my bookkeeping system.)

Here’s an outline:


        About Bukovyna


        Chernivtsi oblast

Pysanky of Bukovyna


        Kitsman raion


        Putyla raion


                Roztoky (Galleries)

                        Equatorial division

                        Meridian division

                        “Eight “ division

                        Diagonal division

                        Double diagonal division

                        Barylka division

                        Lateral division

                        Lateral band division

                        Lateral division (Cross)

                        Lateral division (Star)

                        Double band division

                        Triangle divisions

                        Other divisions

                        Church motifs

        Storozhynets raion



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