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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING OF INDIAN CHIEF HAND CUT W SCISSORS matted 5x7
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Custom Cut Scherenschnitte Birth Silhouette
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Vtg Paper Cut Design FOLK ART DESIGNS TO COLOR OR CUT Wycinanki Scherenschnitte
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CHARMING FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE FOLK ART SCISSOR CUT PAPER CHILDREN PLAYING 1990
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Vintage German Folk Art Scherenschnitte Water Color Cut Out Grain Painted Frame
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FRAMED German SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small Boy Horn Blue Matte 4 x 7
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c 1964 vintage LOT of 3 FOLK ART BIRDS BASKET scherenschnitte PAPER CUT POLAND
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Vintage SCHERENSCHNITTE by SHARON SCHAICH Original Framed Art Signed 1981
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Scherenschnitte Antique Cut Out Artwork Bride Scossor Art Signed 18
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Scherenschnitte Framed Art by Designs with Scissors Approx framed size 7X12
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Oriental Chinese cut out man dragon art scherenschnitte framed
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Pair of Antique Vintage Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Ships Intricate design
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Beautiful Vintage Scherenschnitte Paper Cut Out Art 4 Asian Scenes Free Ship
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Framed Scherenschnitte With Bible Verse Signed Bjorkman
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Antique Paper Cut Folk Art Scherenschnitte Tulips Birds Pin Hole Decorated
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Hearts w Favorite Items Wood Frame
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Work with Heart Bible Verse Love Framed w Glass
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Scherenschnitte 1985 Signed Framed Sisters Sentiment by Designs with Scissors US
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ANTIQUE FOLK ART TRAY Scherenschnitte SILHOUETTE Boy Geese Ducks
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EAVENSON Scissor Cut Scherenschnitte Peaceable Kingdom Signed ExC SHIPS FREE
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
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Lot of 3 Chrysanthemum Scherenschnitte MUMS Gold Foil S4674
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Scherenschnitte Red Dragons Hearts Signed S4116
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANCE GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin MASQUERADE LADY
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VINTAGE GERMAN 1930s Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMEN WOOING LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A AULIST SERENADING LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A LUTIST SERENADING LADY
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ANTIQUE FOLK ART TRAY Scherenschnitte SILHOUETTE Driver Whip Buggy
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Cupid Valentine silhouette signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Musketeer swashbuckling silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Valentine Cupid silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Three part Landscape silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Christmas Candle cutwork silhouette signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Boy with Bird in Hand silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Christmas Mantle Reindeer Ornament signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte paper cutwork silhouette Woodland scene signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte paper art Barnyard ducks around tree signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Woman Writing silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Doves and Heart Valentine silhouette signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Angels at Christmas silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Leaf Boy silhouette cutwork signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte paper art Christmas tree signed
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte mini Landscape cutwork silhouette signed
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Sandra Gilpin Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Apple Tree Deer Hand Made
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Framed Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Tilly Schouten BUYING A GOOSE
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Framed Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Marilyn Diener THREE GOATS
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1860 antique SCHERENSCHNITTE SILHOUETTE paper cut FAIRY
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SCHERENSCHNITTE ScissorCuts ALPHABETORIUM Victorian Art
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Scissor Cut Art Work Scherenschnitte Signed by Artist Frank Joest
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Lot 6 Vtg Scherenschnitte Inspired Paper Art Pictures Figi Designs w Scissors
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VTG Scherenschnitte Art Cut Paper Sailors Heart Design Framed 8 x 6Signed
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Vintage Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Flower Design Framed 9 x 7
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VTG Folk Art Cut Paper Scherenschnitte Red Rooster Design Framed 19 x13
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Scherenschnitte Folk Art Cut Paper Noahs Ark Design Framed 11 x 10
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CLAUDIA CARROLL HOPF SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE ARTWORK
$75.00
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CLAUDIA CARROLL HOPF FRIENDS SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE ARTWORK
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SHARON SCHAICH SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE YOUTH PLAYING ARTWORK
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Matted Scherenschnitte White on Peach Bird Artwork for 9x12 Frame
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Pair Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Heart Roosters Floral Morning Glory Pa
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
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vintage paper art Scherenschnitte die cut paper dolls Hyatt Rama Bangkok napkin
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Antique Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Rooster Crane Framed
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Squirrel Tree
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Cock Fight
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Scherenschnitte Art

Scherenschnitte Art

Introduction to Chinese Paper Cut Art - Jian Zhi

In the office, in school, in shopping malls, in planes and even in the comfort rooms, we find paper in many forms and uses. It's actually quite amazing to know that one of the first uses the Chinese used paper for was as a media for cutting out shapes and forms.

During the Northern and Southern Dynasty (386 - 581 A.D.), cutting out intricate patterns out of paper has become a tradition. This was the beginning of the art of Chinese Paper Cutting called Jian Zhi. The early practitioners of this art depicted in their paper cut creations their simple life, their aspirations and their beliefs. A favorite subject are objects that are symbols for good fortune and happiness. These paper cutouts where used by the people to decorate their houses during festivals and even used by women as hair ornaments during the Tang Dynasty.

The Song Dynasty greatly improved the paper making process and introduced different colors of paper. The paper cut craftsmen of the time put the colored paper to good use in their paper cut outs. In the Ming and Qing Dynasty, paper cutting art reached its peak to the point that it became a required skill for women before they can get married. Subject covered in the Chinese Paper Cut creations also expanded to cover flora and fauna, scenes from their traditional tales and folklore and even rendering images of their famous heroes and mythical Gods.

Today, China has many paper cut artists specializing in paper cut outs. The knowledge usually was passed on by generations of paper artists in their family or home town. There are different styles of rendering paper cuttings in each region of China. There used to be only traditional Chinese themes but today western images and modern art touches are found in certain paper cut outs.

Paper Cutting also surfaced in other countries like in Germany and Switzerland they have what is called scherenschnitte, in Denmark they have papirklip, in Mexico its papel picado, the Polish have wycinanki , the Netherlands have papierknipkunst, the Japanese have kirigami and katagami and even a country like Lithuania have their own paper cut art style.

The Chinese Art of Paper Cutting is called Zhong guo Jian zhi (Chinese Paper Cut) is made either by cutting using scissors or by sculpting the patterns and shapes by using a scalpel like knife. The paper commonly used for Jian Zhi is called Xuan Paper. This paper comes from Anhui province where it is made from the fibers of a pine tree.

Scissor cutting involves folding and cutting the paper and the resulting patterns are usually symmetrical due to the folds. Non-symmetrical cutouts can also be made using scissors. Chinese Paper Cut masters just wielding scissors for a tool can produce the most ornate patterns on paper. Scissor cut paper art are usually bigger in size and scale than the knife sculpted paper cuts.

Knife sculpting of paper is currently widely practiced in China. The highly skilled paper cut artists can sculpt even the thinnest and delicate lines on paper. There is a paper cut art style in China called Xi Wen style or roughly translated in English it means "thin line" style. Thin line paper cut artists can carve 50 lines on a square inch of paper. Once, a thin line paper cut master carved out 100 flowers on a one square centimeter paper.

Various regions in China have nurtured their own styles of Jian Zhi. Some counties like Yu County in Hebei province have specialized in colored hand painted paper cut art. Each regional style has its own distinct characteristic. The Zhan Pu style of paper cutting from Fujian province even deviates in the kind of paper they use. They use a glossy paper called la guang (wax paper) instead of Xuan Paper. They also have a special cutting tool called pai jian which is like a fork which can carve out hair like patterns on paper.

Paper Cutting is a tradition in China and is part of Chinese life. During festivals and holidays like the Chinese New Year, every home has to have some jian zhi adorning their walls, windows or doors. This is akin to having a Christmas tree and mistletoe at home for the Christmas holidays in the western world.

More information about Jian Zhi can be found in www.chinaartworld.com.cn. A wide variety of Chinese Paper Cut Art made by different Chinese Paper Cut artists can also be seen at this web site.

Leandro Garcia is the owner and operator of China Art World website - http://www.chinaartworld.com.cn

The website aims to promote the appreciation of the traditional Chinese Paper Cutting Art called jian zhi.

 

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