An egg can be breakfast for some. For others, it is a canvas for intricate geometric patterns and brilliant colors. Walk into the former Oley Valley Inn, on Main Street in Oley and you’ll discover a whole room full of decorated eggs, created by pysanky, a centuries old Ukrainian tradition. Helen Badulak, the master of the technique, is an immigrant from Ukraine whose family fled Europe in 1949 after spending years in labor camps and displaced person camps during World War II. Going crazy being confined to the house after a car accident, she began learning the age old techniques. She started the business, which now incorporates her daughter and granddaughter, in 1969, when the eggs outgrew the family home. The origins of the art, in which each symbol has a specific meaning, began in pre-Christian Ukraine. When Christianity came to the country in 988, religious symbols were added. Natural colored egg shells are decorated through a batik process of wax and dyes, created by moving from the lightest to the darkest dye colors, writing on the egg with wax. When the process is complete, the wax is removed, revealing the brilliant colors preserved under the wax.