Paper cutting

Updated: September 22 2008(GMT+08:00)
Paper cutting

Paper cutting is a traditional art in China which has been making its way along the route of the long history of paper. The kind of art went after the invention of paper in Han Dynasty, once became one of the main form of arts, and was popular to the people of the time; even in royal families ladies were also judged by the ability at paper-cut.

 

Most of the paper-cut artists are women. The themes of their works usually include everything in people's daily life from dumb things to the surroundings. Familiarity makes them understand the real spirit of the art.

The main tool for paper-cut is scissors. Once they are owned by a master of paper-cut, they will become so supernatural that the paper-cuts beyond imagination flow out of his/her hands in the chattering of a common pair of scissors. Another tool for paper cutting is engraving knives which are necessary to enhance a sharpened effect or to make a delicate job.

胡锦涛剪纸亮相 将从中央档案馆借出展览(图)

No doubt those arts come from life and serve life. Paper-cuts are very popular in the countryside. The bright colors of red, green or light blue paper-cuts provide a strong foil to set off a merry atmosphere. So they are often found in wedding ceremonies or festivals in China. And people like to decorate their windows and doors using colorful paper-cuts.

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