Decorating and painting eggs as a decorative element of Easter has a long and widespread tradition. In Africa, the original processing of ostrich eggs is an art that is now also attracting attention in Germany.
Beautifully decorated eggs
The emergence of the custom of colorfully and imaginatively decorating and giving away eggs to Easter dates back to the 12th century in Europe. In Africa, the surface of ostrich eggs were already being processed by the Bushmen of the Nalib and Kalahari desert in an extraordinary way as far back as 1000 years ago. Today a well-esteemed and world-famous handicraft has emerged from this custom.
Colorful decorated eggs
The beautiful and noble shiny pieces of this extravagant art find great attention and recognition at international exhibitions. Many of these masterpieces are truly unique and therefore have a very high value as precious collectibles.
The extravagant art on the egg
Numerous European artists are also inspired by African scenes that serve as a motif or inspiration for the decoration of the egg surface. Africa's wildlife or wild safaris gloriously present themselves to the viewer in polished, colorful or black-and-white versions. These highly polished masterpieces gracefully decorate any room and spread a special mood. With a lot of patience and attention to detail even fairytale jewelery boxes are handmade by the simple ostrich eggs.
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These large eggs are given to the artists of African farms for ostrich breeding with appropriate animal husbandry.
This art requires special skills
The up to 2.2 kilograms and almost 17 centimeters high eggs are then processed with great care and craftsmanship. Since no egg is the same in shape and size, the production of the individual pieces requires real instinct and detailed precision work.
First, the eggs are painted with special colors and thus prepared for taking the picture. The even application of the motif on the curved egg surface requires a special craftsmanship, which is acquired over many years of practice. More than fifty layers of paint are applied in time-consuming work to protect the image. Finally, a sealing varnish layer is applied, which gives the eggs a wonderful shine.
Each decorative egg is an artist-signed unique piece that represents a unique reminder of African heritage paired with European design.