Paper Cutting (Jiǎnzhǐ 剪纸)

Haiwang YUAN

Ancient Man paper cut-out.

Paper cutting (jianzhi 剪纸) is one of many Chinese handicrafts emerging a few thousand years ago. Both the Han Chinese and their ethnic minority compatriots cut paper, though for different purposes. There are different schools of paper cutting today, each having its regional flavor. The themes of paper cuts are diversified, varying from animals and plants to people and scenery.

Paper cutting (jianzhi) belongs to the folk (minjian) tradition of the four-thousand-year-old art….

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By | 2014-12-16T16:54:25+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Visual Arts|Comments Off on Paper Cutting (Jiǎnzhǐ 剪纸)

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