On Saturday, my mom and I went on a long planned nice little trip to The Spreewald. It's only about 100 km south-east of Berlin. It's home to the descendants of the first settlers in the Spreewald region, the Slavic tribes of the Sorbs/Wends.
This would be the garage ;-)
One of the Spreewald's specialties are Spreewald gherkins, which have been prepared there for hundreds of years.
That's why each year in July there is a competition for The Pickle Queen, who I had the pleasure to meet yesterday:
|The Pickle Queen in her Traditional Dress|
Yesterday I had my chance!!!!
The queen and two very sweet girls (former queen and vize queen as well) who were all my age taught me how to do it.
Here is what it's supposed to look like:
And this is what I came up with and I have to say I'm very proud of it ;-)
With this technique you use goose feathers that are cut in a certain way to apply bee's wax onto the egg shell. It's kinda like batik dyeing. Whatever the wax covers stays white when you dip the egg into the yellow dye. Then you apply more wax ornamants to preserve some of the yellow before you dunk it in orange. I did one more layer of wax before I stopped with red. There are endless possibilities! I think it took me two hours and I was so happy my mom had the patience to give me all the time I needed. I was so thankful that I decided to give that egg to her. She was touched. For me it was a dream come true and from now on I will probably make at a couple of those each year.
I also learned in a book that there is a small community of Wends in Texas who also cultivated their traditions and even use patterns for the eggs that have been forgotten in the Spreewald!
Here are two more pics showing similar but different techniques:
|Here the ornaments are scratched into the already dyed eggs.|
|This is similar to what I did, but you use colored wax that stays on the eggs. Of course those eggs dont like hanging in the sun too much.|