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.