(Ukrainian: Волинь) is the region in western Ukraine located between the rivers Pripyat and Western Buh – to the north of Halychyna and of Podillya – and is the site of one of the oldest Slavic settlements in Europe.  But it is more than that – it is an ancient culture with its own dialect, customs, beliefs and folkways. In this section I hope to address some aspects of this beautiful land.

Historical Volyn (sometimes also referred to as “Volhynia”) was carved up by the Soviets, and now forms parts of sіх modern Ukrainian oblasts (Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky and Lviv), as well as parts of Poland (Chełm/Kholm) and Belarus. Major cities include Lutsk, Kovel, Kremenets, Rivne and Volodymyr-Volynskyi.

Volyn, in the northwest corner of Ukraine

On the following pages is some historic and ethnographic information about the region, a discussion of the pysanky of Volyn and their symbolism, and a gallery of albums of traditional Volynian pysanky.

The pages in this section are as follows:

        Culture and ethnography

        Maps and History

        Pysanky of Volyn


        Olena Pchilka

        Lviv Ethnographic Museum

        Pysanka Galleries

                Serhiy Kulzhynsky

                Erast Binyashevsky

                Odarka Onyshchuk

                Sofiyka Zielyk

                Zenon Elyjiw

                “Volynian Pysanka”

                Sister Veronica

                Vira Manko

                Other Sources

Back to Western Ukraine Home

Back to Regional Pysanky Home

Back to Traditional Pysanky HOME

Back to MAIN Pysanka home page.

Back to Pysanka Index.

Search my site with Google