(Seychelles News Agency) – For the first time in Seychelles, an exhibition of egg art has given members of the public the chance to see different objects and decorations made from eggshells. The fascinating pieces of art are the work of Indian artist Farha Sayeed.

Sayeed’s works are on display in an exposition opened Friday evening at the High Commission of India at Le Chantier – on the outskirts of the capital city of Victoria.

The artist said that the art of egg decoration goes back to early civilizations when eggs were coloured and used as gifts to celebrate the re-birth of life on the earth. Ostrich eggshell with engraved hatched patterns has been found as early as 60,000 years ago at Diepkloof Rock Shelter in South Africa.

The exhibition – titled Eggstaordinaire – is a side event during this year’s Biennale of Contemporary Arts. Artworks on display include clocks, jewellery box, carriages as well as a set of teapot and cups.

Sayeed started practicing egg art 18 years ago. “My passion for arts started as a child. Over the years I have been involved with silk paintings, charcoal painting, glass painting as well as with aluminium foil art. But egg art fascinations me.”

Ostrich eggs are one of the several eggshells which Sayeed uses for her creation. “Other eggshells which I use are from a variety of birds such as the emu, rhea, goose, turkey, duck, guinea and hen.”

And since her arrival in the Seychelles – a group of islands in the western Indian Ocean – Sayeed has added the sooty tern eggs from Bird Island to her collection. Read more