The oldest Ukrainian pysanky in existence date back to the XII-XIII centuries, and are ceramic ones.Because of the fragility and perishable nature of eggs, only the ceramic majolica-glazed eggs of Kyivan Rus have survived up to today.
The pysanky have been found in many sites, and fragments have been discovered in the graves of both children and adults.
The mountains must have been the definitive factor in shaping the Hutsuls life style.
One of their central occupations is cutting timber and making things from wood.
The traditional Hutsul churches have five zruby (wooden sections, which the church is made up of) and the cross in the ground plan.
The central zrub is crowned with an octagonal tower and the four smaller zruby are like arms of the cross, covered with gable-type roof.