Easter is just around the corner and I’ve been excited to finally be able to decorate. The part of Germany I grew up in is also home of the Sorbs, a protected ethnic minority of slavic descent. You might think of them as similar to the Amish in the US with their own culture, language, and traditional dress. They have many beautiful Easter traditions including the decorating of Easter eggs.
I grew up with my mom decorating our home with colorful Sorbian Easter eggs hung from Forsythia branches with their beautiful yellow flowers. Last summer my parents surprised me with my own set of Sorbian Easter eggs and this year is the first time that I’ve been able to decorate our home with them.
These Easter eggs are decorated using a scratch technique. After drilling two holes into a chicken egg, the liquids can be removed by blowing into one of the holes. The eggs shell is then dyed in a solid, vibrant color. The pattern is scratched into the shell by hand using a sharp knife. Traditionally, there will be a border wrapping all around the egg with two main pictures on either side, usually depicting a flower motive. Other traditional decorating techniques are wax-resist, “drop-pull,” and appliqué but the scratch technique is by far my favorite. I’m absolutely in love with my Sorbian Easter eggs and happy to have a piece of traditional German Easter decoration in my home-away-from-home.