Papercutting | An introduction (Hello China #76)

Long, long ago there was a poor scholar who
wrote the character ‘fu’ or ‘happiness’ on paper and his wife tore the character out. This is the origin of papercutting (jian zhi). The jian zhi craft is considered to be one
of the standards to identify a smart woman. People think a woman who is good at making
delicate jian zhi is smart. Jian zhi patterns come from daily life. Clipping and engraving are two skills used
to make jian zhi. Intricate centres are important for jian zhi
designs. Jian zhi is a popular folk art. Jian zhi expresses Chinese people’s wishes
for happiness and good luck.

Dereck Turner

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