Papercutting is a traditional art originally created in China. The first papercut can be traced
date back to the period known as the Northern and Southern Dynasties (A.D. 386-581).
The earliest patterns cut out of paper so far found in China are the ones of the Northern
Dynasties Period (A.D. 386-581), examples of which are five circular papercuts unearthed
from a place near Flaming Mountain in Turpan, Xinjiang. Among these are two papercuts
of a pair of monkeys and several pairs of horses.
In the T'ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) papercuts are the subject of a poem by the poet
Ts'ui Tao-yung and from other sources of this period they are described as being used
to decorate plants and worn by ladies in their hair in form of butterflies and flowers.
Paper cutting has been used to decorate for New Year celebrations, weddings,
ancestor worship and other religious celebrations as well as given as gifts.
Papercutting are very popular in the countryside and usually made by women.
This used to be one of the crafts that every girl was to master and often used to judge brides.
The main tools and materials for papercutting are scissors, engraving knife, ruler, pencil, paper and paper pins.