Monday, 4 October 2010

Cuture file (Chinese paper cutting - jiǎn zhǐ)

Paper cutting (jiǎn zhǐ) is an ancient Chinese art form that had its beginnings after the invention of paper. Modern paper cutting is used to decorate doors, windows, lanterns in homes or given as a gift and is thought to bring good luck. There are many subjects used for paper cuts like landscapes, flowers, scenes from traditional stories, animals from the horoscope and they reflect aspects of life such as harvests, health, happiness and prosperity.

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