Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting | Paper Cutting Art

Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting | Paper Cutting Art

Hi everybody, welcome back! I am Disha and I’m here to help you transform your house into a home. In today’s episode of our Indian Art form series, I’m gonna talk about the art of paper cutting or better known as Sanjhi. Like the name itself suggests Sanjhi or paper cutting artwork is an art of paper cutting in a way that paper holds together and yet it shows beautiful intricate pattern on it. So like always, I’ll start with the origin, style, theme and then process of the art. So let’s start Sanjhi is practiced in Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh in India. Though it is done all across the world but Sanjhi is little different from all of them. Sanjhi is said to have originated around 400-500 years ago in the 16th or 17th century So like all the other Indian Art forms that I have shared in my previous videos, this art form is also very ancient. And some craftsmen believe that Sanjhi word is derived from Saanjh or Shaam which means dusk the time of day when temple floors are decorated using these stencilled papers and on the other hand, some craftsmen believe that this umm Sanjhi is derived from Sanjhi word is derived from saaj sajja or sajavat which means decoration because these papers are used to decorate temple floors. Since it is a traditional art form of Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, the theme mainly depicts the life of Lord Krishna and his various leelas and temple floors and walls are decorated using these stencilled papers and rangoli This art form is highly refined so it is mainly done by the Brahmin priests in temples. Nowadays only few families to be precise only 14 or 15 families are there in Mathura and Vrindavan who practice this art. If you are interested in seeing Sanjhi in temples then Radharaman temple in Vrindavan is the place where you can see this art. It is believed that Radhe (Radha) used to decorate her walls and floors using colored papers, foils, colored stones and flowers and leaves to woo Krishna and then all the other Gopis also followed the suit But during the Mughal period, the art form began to depict more scenes like Mughal architecture, floral and geometric patterns and various other scenes. Like I said earlier, it is an art of paper cutting so only paper, specially designed scissors and sometimes blade is used to cut paper and then intricate mythological figures, floral and geometric patterns are cut into paper. And here I would like to share an amazing fact that in its traditional form, craftsmen don’t draw or trace the design on the paper they would just make the paper cutting directly on the paper It is done precisely that you wouldn’t be able to find any flaw. and hence here I would like to mention two names who are still reviving this art form and keeping it alive. They are Mr. Mohan Kumar Verma and Mr. Ram Soni. They are fourth generation Sanjhi artists. Let me introduce Pooja Ajmera, a paper cutting artist. I’ve featured her in my blog. the link is given in the description box below. She left her corporate job and started “Teekhii Chhurii” where she makes and sells paper cutting artwork. Here is some of her paper cutting work. For paper cutting art you will obviously need a paper. It can be a handmade paper, good quality printing paper, watercolor paper or any paper from 90 gsm to 385 gsm But remember the thinner the paper is, the easier it is to cut but that will increase the chances of making mistakes. I’m using 120 gsm A4 size scrapbooking paper. I’ve added the links to buy all the products in the description box. Next, you’ll need a self healing cutting mat so that your work surface is protected. this mat has grid and patterns marked on both sides. This is a must-have item for crafters and for people who love DIYs. and also, you’ll need a blade or scalpel with fine point. a pencil and an eraser Now place the paper on cutting mat for design either you can create your own design like I did I’ll try to add it in printable format in my blog and then I’ll add the link in the description as well or you can find free templates online. Download the template and then you can print it on the paper the printed side will be wrong side so make sure you print the mirror image of the design. Here is an extra tip Don’t apply cream or moisturizer on your hands or else you’ll end up staining your paper This second fish I’m making to show you the paper cutting work in easier way I’ve shaded all the parts that I’ll cut out using blade It looks like stencil and it’ll be easy for you to start with this one make sure you have a sharp blade and keep some spare blades too keep them safe in a case My blade was blunt so I am changing it now hold the knife like pen and try to keep even pressure Enjoy the process and relax. Don’t do it in a hurry While making cuts hold the paper with the other hand for more control. For cutting straight lines you can use ruler but for such curved designs it is better to move the paper around. Cut the paper deeply enough that it goes through the paper but not too deep Remove the pieces of paper as you cut them out You can use blade’s tip to lift the chip of paper and then pull it with your fingers. Do it gently. If it doesn’t come out easily then use blade to cut it again and it’ll come out easily. Here I’m demonstrating how to cut intricate and complex patterns cut as close as you can to either side of the pencil line Do it slowly and enjoy every bit of this process. No matter how pro the artist is the blade sometimes slips and can sever an element of your design Don’t panic at that time Use either sticky tape to fix the element or use a chip of paper and stick it on the place where you have made a mistake. once the design is complete you can either get it framed between glasses or you can use contrasting paper for the background. I am bit confused about the background color. I’m showing you some backgrounds here Please help me by leaving the comment which one you liked the most So I really hop that you enjoyed watching this video as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. And in case you try to make this art form then do share with me on my Instagram This is my Instagram ID and this my Facebook ID I’ll see you soon in my next video. till then watch either this video or this. Wish you all Love, Luck & Sunshine. Bye Bye

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Sanjhi – The Art Of Paper Cutting | Paper Cutting Art

  1. Disha Mishra Dubey says:

    Happy Holi to all those who celebrate. On the Occasion of Holi, I bring to you the tutorial of an art form that originated in Mathura which is the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

    Please turn on the CC. I did voiceover in the midnight so the voice will not be very clear as I was too tired. Hence I have added the captions.

  2. jayu shah says:

    Plz show pichwai from Nathdwara how to draw and colored it. Though we can trace it but the original art form is hand drawn

  3. Pratibha Bhatt says:

    It's so beautiful really appreciate your effort. I like hot pink background. Thanks for sharing disha ji it's really amazing. Happy holi😘😍👌

  4. Florence Muthukrishnan says:


  5. priyanka singh says:

    Brown one is looking good and add red in between for flower it will look very good

  6. Mohua Chakraborty says:

    Beautifully done Disha! ❤❤

  7. Anu K says:

    Pink is looking's providing contrast to make work stand out…awesome Sanjhi work….have you done any degree in arts?

  8. Chandrika Gudhka says:

    Hot pink

  9. Lalitha Shivakumar says:

    Thanku again Disha for this

  10. Amrita D. Nath says:

    Excellent Disha! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Shobha Jain says:


  12. Jayanthi Sheshadri says:

    Hi Disha.. just wanted to tell u how much i love all ur videos.. especially the ones with indian art forms… love the way u talk about the origin… all ur work displays so much attention to detail.. good job and keep going👍
    As fir the background i personally liked blue or gray since they bring out the most contrast..

  13. smita joshi says:

    Blue background 👍… superb video excellent work

  14. Anshu Sharma says:

    Blue or hot pink… awesome it is..will definitely try it. 😍 Thank you for sharing

  15. op mishra says:

    Hi Disha Happy Holi ! Excellent video.

  16. Jy Ga says:

    This is pretty awesome Disha…a notch above..

  17. Anusha kulkarni says:

    Hi disha it's awesome as usual like your other art work🙏🙏👌

  18. Jy Ga says:

    I m liking hot pink

  19. Shreeya's kiddy craft corner says:

    Last one blue

  20. NIRMALA Mishra says:

    My lovely Disha really appreciate your efforts.Happy Holi.

  21. Atharwa Gokhale says:

    Blue looks best

  22. Rohit Kumar says:

    A big wow…Happy holi

  23. Bharathi U says:

    superrrr paper cutting art that the way u have doing is extraordinary…i like very much …thanks madam…

  24. Ragini chandru says:

    Great work👌👍

  25. rituparna singh says:

    Hi ma’am, very beautiful art . I like the brown and blue ones and my son liked the black background 😊. Your way of explaining various art forms is very informative and interesting. Thank you 😊

  26. Deepa Kumar says:

    Blue no 1

  27. Shiwani sharma says:

    Hot pink

  28. Priya Ram says:

    Wow soooo beautiful Disha……you are soooo talented…..God bless you ou abundantly dear…..thank you soo much for inspiring us ❤❤❤❤❤

  29. Priya Ram says:

    Hot pink background is very beautiful…..happy holi

  30. Puja Vijay says:

    I like Your every art work. You explained very well and in detail. Thanks for spreading knowledge.

  31. Bhargavi Chavda says:

    Lovely! Personally blue goes well will yellow paper, but from far you can’t see designs well. For seeing details well, dark brown or the rust/gerua color is best according to me.

  32. SUDHA MELKANI says:


  33. rapti das says:

    l like the brown &hot pink background.the artwork is excellent maa'm.

  34. ESHA BANERJEE says:

    Happy holi ma'am

  35. Dhivya JehanMohan says:

    Red will be a good option ma’am

  36. Ayush Lakra says:

    Hot pink

  37. vinoba raja says:

    Greetings DMD, Amazing, amazing art work. Honestly, I unable to find right word to praise your minute art work. New word and new concept, bit by bit we are learning our valuable Indian arts by your passion only. Once again, I mesmerized by your artist skills. I watched the again to again to quench my art thirsty. Even, though you said look tired, videos shows opposite. Thanks for sharing. Rv

  38. nikita jacob says:

    Your design looks good if you take a paper and paint it in ombré you will have different shades in the same frame it will it a different look rather than one solid colour. Just a suggestion 😀

  39. Alina Behera says:

    Hi Disha,the art form is very nice,I like the brown background

  40. Vanshika Singh says:

    You are so creative Disha! Hats off to you!!!! 👍🏻👍🏻

  41. Vanshika Singh says:

    I feel like brown or maroon matches your aesthetic

  42. chitra shevde says:

    Lovely art work…superb👍👏👏

  43. Mamatha Srinivas says:

    Happy Holi to you too disha❤️
    What a beautiful art work it's intricate and a nice piece of art . I liked the blue and brown background it's looking beautiful 👌.

  44. Ishika Ghosh says:

    hot pink or sapphire

  45. Kavita Prasad says:

    Awesome work Disha! Thanks for introducing us to this little known art form. Black background brings out the intricacy of the design beautifully. Navy blue looks 2nd best option.

  46. SUCHITA BENDKE says:

    Beautiful sanjhi work. Thanks for giving information of this art.

  47. kv divya says:

    Lovely..thanks for introducing us to this art. On the background I think.. I would leave it without one and place the frame on a wall where there is sunshine. I think the shadow effect will be really interesting.

  48. the hacker says:

    Wow really nice

  49. Krishna Priya says:

    Wow! This is new for me. Thanks didi for sharing.Expect more art works from you. 🙂

  50. Eswari Ganesamurthy says:

    Amazing Dhisha.. dr can you post a video about how to drilling machine at home

  51. Surekha Desai says:

    Hot pink , very beautiful art work

  52. Maheshwari patel says:

    U r multi talented… Awesome work ….. burgundy..brown or dark pink color combination accha laga

  53. Vaidehi Deodhar says:

    Happy Holi ! Thanks Disha ! This type of art is awesome !!

  54. Vaidehi Deodhar says:

    Blue or hot pink

  55. Clara Priyanka Alexander says:

    The green colour of the mat, on which you had kept your paper ,while cutting it,looks the best as the background

  56. anjali thakur says:


  57. Aishwaryas world says:

    saw this making of the art form for the first time. my memory took me back to my maternal home where there was a Sanchi frame in our mandir made on silver foil with black silk cloth at the back and God's picture in the centre. this was made by my grandma and gifted to my mother… got to know the details now through your lovely work

  58. Aishwaryas world says:

    I liked the last background colour.. black/grey where the picture stand out well

  59. Anita Tandon says:

    Excellent work can be used in many ways thanks keep going I understand this work

  60. *Vomanship* says:

    This is so new and cutely done. Thank you Disha for making this video and I loved the bright pink background.
    Poonam Kaur

  61. THE BONG DINES says:


  62. Joan Sadhana says:

    Thanks again for the lovely video great work, I like blue

  63. Style for Ever says:

    Spr beautiful

  64. simple says:

    Be careful with ur hand

  65. Rajni says:

    Thanks Disha for bringing various art forms of India in your channel. Lovely to see Sanjhi art !!! Liked the fish cutting on dark blue background.

  66. Maureen Samson says:

    Thank you for sharing your intricate and beautiful art!

  67. Anu prasad says:

    Wow..beautiful..I liked black and brown background

  68. Artful Arts says:

    Good work….👌👌👌

  69. Hala Brothers says:

    It's very nice

  70. Ezhilarasi chandran says:

    Hope Hot pink will suite better 😉

  71. Lavina Lewis says:

    Love your work.

  72. Yusha Patel says:

    The blue colour is suiting more👍

  73. Sanchita Mondal says:


  74. Jyoti Parmar says:

    Very nice

  75. Yogita Bombade says:

    pink one looks better

  76. Amrutha Mani says:

    👍 superb work, have never heard of this before, really enjoyed it. My favorite combination is yellow with pink and yellow with brown

  77. aparna janani says:

    Hi disha, your art work is perfect.i bought classmate scrapbook to try this it 120 gsm?will this paper work?

  78. Kuzhali's Artnado says:

    Wow! Awesome Disha👌👏

  79. Ratan Dutta says:

    Brown was the best

  80. Flair4Crafts says:


  81. Vaidehi Deodhar says:

    Hi disha …have u uploaded ur new video today ? If yes ..then something went wrong …i haven't got notification …

  82. Prince Art says:

    Radhe Radhe I am from vrindavan

  83. Savitha Nair says:

    I liked it with Hot pink background

  84. Dhanashree Mahesh says:

    Looks very beautiful 😊 I will try it for sure 👍 Thank u very much 😊

  85. Sumi Bhowal says:

    Hot pink

  86. Rownak Patel says:


  87. unnati shah says:

    its also use in shrinathji temple from nathdwara … if you wish to see go to temple during shravan month by hindu calender … and ur nearer place is

  88. Bharti Dixit says:


  89. Surbhi Kulshrestha says:

    mind blowing

  90. Namrata Bhatt says:

    aap glass paintings pe vedio banaye pls..

  91. meenakshi pal says:

    Amazing work

  92. sonia negi says:

    Blue is good

  93. Manisha's Innovative Creations says:

    thanks for english subs.

  94. thirupathi rani says:


  95. Anju G says:

    Hi Disha…please let me if you are using the same knife as being shared in the link box?

  96. dhanaaz m says:

    Pink or sapphire

  97. Daniel Gomes says:


  98. rajesh m says:

    Sarala aapka video ka bi jawab nahi 🤐 awesome awesome awesome 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  99. kjdoll kaku says:

    Hot pink is good mam

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