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Papercuts Collection, 剪纸, jiǎn zhǐ

The Art of Papercutting


Papercut is an art form originally created in China. It was the Chinese who invented paper at around the first century A.D., and less than 400 years later the wonderful Chinese Art of Papercuttings were created. The first papercuts can be traced far back to the period known as the Northern and Southern Dynasties (A.D. 386-581).

Today Chinese papercut is viewed as a form of Chinese folk handicraft with a long history. With simple materials and tools such as paper, scissors or engraving knives, the artisans create intricate, imaginative designs rich in Chinese culture and tradition, from traditional Chinese zodiac signs, to vivid flowers and birds, to simple scenes of daily life. Cut from a single piece of paper, usually rice paper, and all parts of a papercut design are connected in one piece.

In the T'ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) papercuts are the subject of a poem by the poet Ts'ui Tao-yung. There are various other sources of this period that mentioned the Art of Papercutting. They were described as being used to decorate homes, lantens, plants and worn by ladies in their hair. Papercuts at that time were in form of butterflies, birds and flowers. Here are some samples of Papercuts and how to make them.



Monochrome Papercuts

Butterflies,
蝴蝶, hu die.

Dogs,
狗, gou

Dragons,
龍, long

Dragons and Phoenixs
龍鳳 long feng,

Hogs,
豬, zhu

Horses,
馬, ma.

Monkeys,
猴, hou

Oxen,
牛, niu.

Pandas,
熊猫, xiong mao

Peacocks,
孔雀, kong que

Phoenixs,
鳳凰 feng huang

Rabbits,
兔, tu

Rams,
羊, yang

Rats,
鼠, shu

Roosters,
雞, ji

Snake,
蛇, she

Tigers,
虎, hu

 
Flowers,
花, hua

Flowers, Chrysanthemum,
菊花, ju hua

Plants,
植物, zhi wu
Flowers and Butterflies,
花与蝴蝶, hua yu hu die

Birds on Plants,
鸟语花香, niao yu hua xiang

Birds on Plants,
鸟语花香, niao yu hua xiang

Chinese Landscapes,
中国风景 zhong guo feng jing

Chinese Symbols
- Good fortune; blessing; happiness, 福, fu

Chinese Animal Signs
十二生肖剪纸系列
, shi er sheng xiao jian zhi xi lie

 


Colour Papercuts

Chinese Animal Signs 01
十二生肖剪纸系列

Chinese Animal Signs 02
十二生肖剪纸系列

Chinese Animal Signs 03
十二生肖剪纸系列

Chinese Animal Signs 04
十二生肖剪纸系列

Chinese Animal Signs 05
十二生肖剪纸系列

 

Chinese Symbols, 汉字, han zi
- Good fortune; blessing; happiness, 福, fu

 

 

Dogs,
狗, gou

Dragons,
龍, long

Hogs,
豬, zhu

Horses,
馬, ma

Monkeys,
猴, hou

Oxen,
牛, niu

Pandas,
熊猫, xiong mao

Rabbits,
兔, tu

Rams,
羊, yang

Rats,
鼠, shu

Roosters,
雞, ji

Snakes,
蛇, she

Tigers,
虎, hu

Flowers,
花, hua

Flowers in Baskets,
花篮,hua lan

Flowers and Birds
花与鸟, hua yu niao

Flowers and Butterflies
花与蝴蝶, hua yu hu die

Flowers and Insects
花与, hua yu qun chong

 

Vases

Masks


Images Papercuts

Amitabha Buddha,
a mi tho fo

Guan Yin Bodhisattva
观音菩萨,guan yin pu sa

Aerobics
体操,ti cao

Buffalo Boy

Chinese Children

Women

Eight Sages (8 Immortals)
八祖师, ba zu shi

Eight Sages (8 Immortals)
八祖师, ba zu shi

36 Stars of Heaven #01 - 09
天罡星-三十六员名单 #01 - 09

36 Stars of Heaven #10 - 18
天罡星-三十六员名单 #10 - 18

36 Stars of Heaven #19 - 27
天罡星-三十六员名单 #19 - 27

36 Stars of Heaven #28 - 36
天罡星-三十六员名单 #28 - 36

72 Stars of Earth #01 - 09
地煞星-七十二员名单 #01 - 09

72 Stars of Earth #10 - 18
地煞星-七十二员名单 #10 - 18

72 Stars of Earth #19 - 27
地煞星-七十二员名单 #19 - 27

72 Stars of Earth #28 - 36
地煞星-七十二员名单 #28 - 36

72 Stars of Earth #37 - 45
地煞星-七十二员名单 #37 - 45

72 Stars of Earth #46 - 54
地煞星-七十二员名单 #46 - 54

72 Stars of Earth #55 - 63
地煞星-七十二员名单 #55 - 63

72 Stars of Earth #64 - 72
地煞星-七十二员名单 #64 - 72

Chinese Modern Opera 01
现代歌剧,
Legend of the Red Lantern,
红灯笼记


Chinese Modern Opera 02
现代歌剧,
Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy,
知取威武山,zhi qu wei wu shan

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Silhouette



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