Around Easter time, thousands of Texans devote their time to intricately decorating Wendish-style eggs.
If you aren’t a Texas native, you may not have heard of this longtime tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation centuries. Some of the earliest settlers in Texas were Slavic-Germans, who brought with them their own set of unique cultural traditions. One of those was a set of decorating methods that result in bright, bold and detailed eggs.
The most common egg-decorating technique in Texas is the Wax Batik, in which the tip of a cut goose feather is used to move wax across the egg’s surface. The wax protects the egg from soaking any dyes and leaves behind beautiful designs when it is scraped off after being dipped in dye. The also-popular Embossed technique is similar, except the applied wax is applied in order to create a design in many different colors.
With the Acid and Scratch techniques, the egg is dyed first and then either scratched or etched with acid to create the design.
Although these techniques take a bit more time than the traditional American way of dipping eggs, the result is worth it. No matter which of these methods you choose, you’ll be amazed at just how colorful and detailed your eggs will turn out. Check out the video below to learn more about the tradition of dying Wendish Easter Eggs.