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Scherenschnitte Paper Silhouette of 3 Windsor Chairs Wendy Schultz Wubbels
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Rocking Horse
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE DANCING UNICORNS MATTED FRAMED
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SUPER LOT STENCILS Folk Art Scherenschnitte SILHOUETTES PAPER CUTTING DESIGNS
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Original Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting DELAWARE Map State Symbols by Kim Frey
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ORIGINAL SCHERENSCHNITTE 2 WOMEN AT TABLE MARILYN DIENER 1988 FRAMED st
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CYNTHIA MOORE FT LEWIS WA SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR FOLK ART EAGLE ON SHIELD
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BLESS THIS CHILD Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Folk Art by PJ Rankin Hults
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Paper Cut Art Sharon Schaich Scherenschnitte Framed Pineapple In Floral Heart
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut House Blessing 12X7
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Vaillancourt Folk Art Ornaments Scherenschnitte Santa German Christmas 1997
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Matted Framed Hand Colored Scherenschnitte Noahs Ark
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Vintage Art by Brian Truelove Paper Cut Scene Scherenschnitte Oriental Style
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ANTIQUE FOLK ART TRAY Scherenschnitte Silhouette Driver Whip Buggy Horses Couple
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Scherenschnitte Designs w Scissor Cut Art Matted Frame PictureLIFES A PATCHWORK
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ESTATE SALE AMISH Scherenschnitte Scissors Cut Blessed Are The Peacemakers
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Vintage Framed Picture Print Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Wall Decor
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Amish Teacher in Classroom PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting Signed
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Hansel
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Black Forest Castle
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Harbour Scene
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Woods Stream
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Shepard
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Red Riding Hood
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Cactus
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Carriage
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Stream
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VINTAGE ORIGINAL SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED DATED 1989 GIRL WITH GEESE
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Lovely Scissor Cut SCHERENSCHNITTE WELCOME Art Piece Designs With Scissors
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Original Cornflower Butterfly Scherenschnitte White Painted Wood Frame
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Moon Water
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Vintage 1920s Scherenschnitte Kunstverlag Karl Schwalbe Trees Dock
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Boy driving ducks black on whitesigned framed 8x4 inches
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Gold Framed German Scherenschnitte BLACK PAPER CUT OUT RED RIDING HOOD
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Scherenschnitte Original School House Paper Cutting Roycroft Renaissance Mair
$129.00
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RARE JOSEPHINE ALLMEYER SCHERENSCHNITTESCISSOR CUT ORIGINAL IN FRAME 1920S
$500.00
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Scherenschnitte Framed Matted Paper Scissors Cutting Amish Buggy Signed
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts on Paper Framed Artwork Love Marriage Family
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Heart w Birds Green Matte Wood Frame 75
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EAGLE AMERICA 1821 SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED COLONIAL 18TH C STYLE ARTWORK FOLK ART
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E Rigot 1920s Original Signed Scherenschnitte Paper Cuts Rare Dancers
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE DOG BY MARILYN DIENER Signed
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PATTERN BOOKS SHIRLEY BISCHOFF ART OF PAPER CUTTING LOKAJ
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE CLAUDIA HOPF PAPER CUTTING FOLK ART OF SCISSORS CUTTING
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Scherenschnitte Noah with Parrot by Kerch McConlogue
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Matted And Framed Quilt Theme Scherenschnitte
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Scherenschnitte Menorah Art Paper cutting art Framed art
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2 Scherenschnitte Asian Ladies Gold Foil S4672
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Lot of 3 Chrysanthemum Scherenschnitte MUMS Gold Foil S4674
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin VICTORIAN LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A LUTIST SERENADING LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin LADY POWDERING NOSE
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin MASQUERADE 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 MASQUERADE MAN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN
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HARNISCH Vintage 1930s Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Underlay GIRL
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANCE GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE GERMAN 1930s Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MASQUERADE LADY WOOED
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin DUTCH WATER MAIDEN
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MASQUERADE MAN WOOS LADY
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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 with Satin GENTLEMAN WOOING LADY
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Lot of 4 Scherenschnitte Owl Lion Red Bird Black Bird Signed S4117
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Scherenschnitte Red Dragons Hearts Signed S4116
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MARILYN DIENER PA AMISH COUNTRY SCENE SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER SCISSOR ART SIGNED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE ScissorCuts ALPHABETORIUM Victorian Art
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Scherenschnitte Framed Patchwork Quilt Papercutting by Designs with Scissors
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Scherenschnitte Marilyn Diener Signed 2002 Kids in Garden Paper Scissor Cutting
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Paper Cut Art Sharon Schaich Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut
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Matted Framed Scissor Cut Golf Scene Scherenschnitte USGA Museum
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Set of 3 paper cutting framed American flag themed pictures Scherenschnitte art
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cutout Painting RABBIT CARROTS by Claudia Hopf
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VINTAGE 30s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MAN WOOS LADY AULOS FLUTE
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EAVENSON 89 LOVE BRINGS SUNSHINE TO A CLOUDY DAY SCISSOR CUTS SCHERENSCHNITTE
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Early 20th century Scherenschnitte Group of 10 Chinese Warriors Paper Cutting
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Linda Hale Folk Artist Scherenschnitte Water Color And Scissor Cut Out GORGEOUS
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Picasso Woman With Book Original Scherenschnitte Rendition
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Small Framed Scherenschnitte Art Loving Hearts Home Designs with Scissors
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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Original Silhouette Print Victorian Chicago Framed Set of 5 Scherenschnitte Girl
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Designs with Scissors Framed Folk Art Sampler Scherenschnitte
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FINE EARLY 19TH CENTURY PENNSYLVANIA SCHERENSCHNITTE TREE OF LIFE
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Scherenschnitte BASKETS HEARTS HAPPINESS LOVE Designs with Scissors Georgia
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SCHERENSCHNITTE WATERCOLOR CUT OUT PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN DOVES TREE SIGNED SCHAICK
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Colored House Trees P Hults
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small boys doves Blue Matte
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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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