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Paper cuttings

Paper cuttings

Paper cuttings

Being one of the most popular Chinese folk arts, paper cuttings are favored by a large number of people for its distinctive visual enjoyment and exquisite skills. It can be made of paper, golden and silver foil, leather and more. Since its original purpose was to decorate windows, paper cutting also known as the window flowers. Blending the wisdom of Chinese people and soul of Chinese culture, Paper cutting is a brilliant gem of Chinese folk arts.

The art of paper cuttings appeared after the paper was invented in the Western Han Dynasty. At that time, the wooden windows always decorated by white paper which were very plain. The indigent and ingenious Chinese women created the way of paper cutting to make the window more beautiful. Thanks to its accessible materials, simple process and charming designs, paper cuttings were spread quickly and handed down from generation to generation. During the Tang Dynasty, the art of paper cuttings made a great development. The paper cutting works preserved in the Great Britain Museum displays a high level of skills. With the development of the paper-making, the uses of paper cutting were expanding. Paper cutting was not only limited to decorate windows and doors, lanterns and daily utensils were pasted to paper cuttings. During Ming and Qing Dynasty, the art of paper cuttings reached its pinnacle. People expressed their good wishes by making meaningful paper cuttings.

Chinese paper cuttings are abundant with patterns and close with Chinese culture. The auspicious designs symbolize good luck and avoidance of evil. A pattern of plump children cuddling fish signifies that every year they will be abundant in wealth; the child, lotus and bottle gourd designs indicate a family with large number of children and grandchildren. When celebrating birthday of the senior, the character” shou” represents people’s good wishes of long span life. On wedding day, the red character” Double Happiness” is indispensible. Bride’s furniture and rooms are all pasted to” Double Happiness” to express people’s good wishes and add festive atmosphere.

With a long history, Chinese paper cuttings have formed different style and features in different regions. It can be generally divided into northern style represented by Shanxi paper cutting and southern represented by Foshan paper cutting in Guangdong. The characteristics of the former are simple, bold and monochrome, while the latter is featured with various patterns and brilliant colors.

The subjects of paper cuttings are various and the artists can exert their imagination to express their feelings. And the paper cuttings are used widely now for its exquisite designs and accessible materials. Thanks to the above elements, the paper cuttings are certain to be brilliant future.


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