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Traditional Easter Eggs and Paper Cutting

Other European peoples in southern Arizona beside Ukrainians make traditional Easter eggs. Czechs and Latvians in the Phoenix area make their own styles of Easter eggs. Betty Konuch of Tempe, for instance, occasionally makes Czech Easter eggs with flowers painted on them. And Barbara Glinsky, a first-generation Polish immigrant who has since moved to Nevada, decorated eggs with the intricate Polish papercutting or wycinanky that she learned to do from her mother at home. Ms. Glinsky uses the same technique to create larger paper-cut pictures and decorations.

Betty Konuch's Czech Easter egg, Tempe, May, 1980
Betty Konuch's Czech Easter egg, Tempe, May, 1980
[image courtesy of James S. Griffith]

Ukrainians are not the only European-Americans in Arizona who make their traditional Easter eggs. Ms. Konuch, a Czech-American, occasionally makes her style of traditional Easter egg. Rather than use a wax-resist process, she paints followers on the eggs with water colors.

Polish Easter eggs by Barbara Glinski, Tucson, March, 1988
Polish Easter eggs by Barbara Glinski, Tucson, March, 1988
[image courtesy of James S. Griffith]

Ms. Glinski, a recent Polish immigrant to the United States, decorates her traditional Easter eggs with cut paper. The egg on the far right is a duck egg.

Barbara Glinski making a Polish wycinanki or paper cutting, Tucson, October, 1989
Barbara Glinski making a Polish wycinanki or paper cutting, Tucson, October, 1989
[image courtesy of James S. Griffith]

Ms. Glinski was demonstrating this traditional Polish folk art form, which she learned in Poland from her mother, at Tucson Meet Yourself, a local folklife festival that ran from 1974 to 1994. At one time there were three expert Polish paper cutters in Tucson.

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