? The paper-cut art is the Chinese Han nationality's most ancient one of folk art. Its history can be traced back to the sixth Century a.d.. Tracery or cut art, some with s
cissors, some use a knife, although the tools are different, but the creation of works of art is basic and same, collectively known as the paper-cut. The carrier can be paper, gold foil, bark, leaves, cloth, leather and other sheet materials.
Paper-cutting as Chinese traditional culture
fully reflects people's wisdom and hard work.
It has a huge impact and a driving force on the modern society.
The history of paper-cutting
Paper-cutting can date from 1600BC. During western Han Dynasty, the emperor’s wife dead; and he was very missed his wife. So, he let a warlock drew his wife’s picture on the paper, cut
it down and hung in his bedroom. This is probably
the earliest paper-cutting.
Paper-cutting is the most popular traditional decorative folk
art, because the materials are easy to get, low cost, and convenient to make.
The development of paper-cutting Paper-cutting comes from life. The creators use papercutting to express their understanding of nature, and
their thoughts about life. It is an expression of their
inner feelings. The creator of the folk paper-cutting see it as a part of life, to yearn a better life and worship the ancient totems. from generation to next generation.
Types of paper-cutting and using before
Paper-cutting has many types.
the most common one: (1) paper-cutting for window decorations. It's very popular in the north, because people in north use white paper to make window. Every spring festival they change new paper, and stick colorful
window decorations (paper-cutting). It makes people feel
fresh, bright, and lively.
(2) Character which represents happy.
When people are getting married and
having children, it is used to decorate the wedding festivals, various artifacts and gifts.
(3) Flowers on the shoes.
It is one of the paper-cutting styles on the
surface of the shoes. In the folk papercutting, either North or South is important style. Its patterns tend to be better shaped and optimistic.
Paper-cutting in modern use
paper-cutting is a kind of unique and a special
design. It’s a cultural heritage, its unique shape and
color bring boundless space to the modern design, and modern design is inseparable from popular culture.
Ex: (1) 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
(2) 2010 shanghai World Expo （3）as present
2008 Beijing Olympic Games
2010 shanghai World Expo
? ? ? ? ? 年年有余(yu鱼fish ） surplus May you always get more than you wish for
? 福（fu 蝙蝠bat） ? Blessing
? 吉祥（ji 鸡 cock） ? Lucy
The old legend
the legend of chang-er
Legend of the white Snake
A dream in Red Mansions
? 3、Animals, especially Chinese zodiac, are the most common theme in paper cuts.
Twelve animal zodiac
Prosperity Brought by Dragon and Phoenix
? 5、Folk Story ? 老鼠嫁女The Mouse Bride
? 6、植物 Plant
The reality society
Paper-cutting helps Chinese people make a big progress in the modern art and also leave
a red-letter in the development of modern