Art patrimony of humanity: papercut

When i went to Bejing last month of course i run into the several shops exposing paper cut works and watched somebody outside one of them cutting with scissors a piece of paper. All the frames around him were beautifully displaying very detailed designs. This kind of art is really amazing!

Papercuts refer to handicrafts made by cutting paper with scissors to form different patterns and pasting them on walls, windows, doors and ceilings. With their long history, papercuts, which originated in China, have been very popular among the ordinary people of China. The first papercut can be traced back to the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386-581) period. The initiation and spread of papercuts had a close relationship with Chinese rural festivals. People pasted papercuts on walls, windows and doors at wedding ceremonies or festivals to enhance the festive atmosphere. (from the web)

All the topics drawn and their color have special meanings. The finest artwork use the thinnest paper and once they were also used as hair accessory by the women. During Tang dinasty they were accompanying poems. Handmade pieces are original and all unique in the texture. People should consider this form of art as an extremely precious patrimony we all have and if you get the opportunity do not hesitate to learn how to do it! Which other art form is similar to papercut? Do you know anyting similar from another culture?


7 thoughts on “Art patrimony of humanity: papercut

  1. hey do you have anuthing similar where you live or from around rural villages? i remember some festons from India too but i dont know if they are in paper cut style.

  2. Hi Radha,

    Chinese craftsmanship with paper is renowned.

    In India, I do not remember paper as an input for such craftsmanship. Ofcourse, you will find amazing work with fabrics i.e., through embroidery, lace work and crochet work.

    You will also get to see very intricate work done on stone or wood.

    What has also developed is handicrafts, fabrics with brilliant colours (prepared out of vegetable dyes), hand woven cloth – known as khadi and handloom….

    The list is endless and the process of discovery exhilarating

  3. Probably it is very unique and only available in China. india and South of Asia are very much renomated for the kinds of works as explained by Mavin. they paint on paper or make lanterns and festoons out of it but without cutting in such a detailed and precise way. did you see anything like that in KT Hitesh? yes i managed to get a lot of them in a small format, especially about zodiac-animals, flowers and cranes. cheers, r.

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