Paper-cutting – A decorative art

Paper-cutting (剪纸, Jiǎnzhǐ) is a traditional art form that is deeply ingrained in the culture of the Chinese people. In simple terms, it involves cutting paper into different patterns. And yet, these patterns become decorative items or even integral parts of traditional folk activities. From a simple piece of paper, flowers, fans, and even embroidery patterns can be reproduced. In China, paper-cutting is a popular and important art form, blending into both social life and cultural activities.

The history of paper-cutting 

Archaeological findings suggest that paper-cutting has a 1500 year history, first appearing in the Northern Dynasties in the years 386-581. Already at that time, paper-cutting was quite sophisticated. By the time of the Sui and Tan Dynasties (581-705), paper-cutting had become quite prosperous, with it reaching its peak in the Middle Ages. Even in modern times, paper-cutting holds an important place and in May 2006 the State Council approved paper-cutting to be included on the list of national intangible cultural heritage. 

Paper-cutting- Its value

Since its birth, paper-cutting has remained an integral part of the Chinese culture. These small decorations tell the story of the Chinese people, expressing social and moral values as well as the aesthetic tastes of the general public. It is no wonder that paper-cutting remains so popular even to this day. 

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