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Hand Cut Paper Print Wild Flowers 7 x 9 Wooden Frame Signed Scherenschnitte
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Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Paper Cutting APPLE TREE by Patience Blanchetti
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Celtic Summer is a Snow White Swan Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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Unicorns Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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Winter and the Stag Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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The Message Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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Mermaids and Mermaids Fish Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown lot of 2
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Storks and Baby Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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All Day Sucker Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown Lot of 2
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Seal and Scallop Shell Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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Fallow Dear or Stags Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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Hearts and Flowers Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown Lot of 2
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Porpoise Play Vintage Scherenschnitte by Ellen Brown
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signed SCHERENSCHNITTE Rooster Cutting
$29.95
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Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Christmas is a Homecoming of the Heart signed
$56.00
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Folk Art Signed Polly Christmas Tree Matted
$52.95
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Antique FOLK ART Scherenschnitte BIRDS Trees DENSELY Quilted RED
$545.00
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Scherenschnitte Picture Framed 2 Girls With Dolls
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Vintage Country Cuts by Figi Graphics Framed Scherenschnitte WELCOME HOME NIP
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Picasso Weeping Woman Original Scherenschnitte Rendition
$158.00
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Little Girl Watering Flowers
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Vintage Antique School Desk Apple Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Silhouette Frame
$25.49
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Vaillancourt Folk Art Ornament Father Christmas Scherenschnitte NIB 1997 NOS
$73.55
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Framed German Scherenschnitte BLACK PAPER CUT OUT CALL OF THE WILD
$119.50
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Vintage HandCrafted Framed Scherenschnitte Young Girl By Nancy H Wolinsky
$24.95
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Framed German Scherenschnitte BLACK PAPER CUT OUT gerhard thiers
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Scherenschnitte Scissors Cut Marriage Folk Art Picture Signed 1992 Double Mat
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1986 Scherenschnitte Book 8 Home Place Collection Paper CuttingBack Street art
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Original Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Delaware Map State Symbols by Kim Frey
$67.50
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Framed Artwork 1990 BROWN WOOD FRAME USA 7 X 12
$19.95
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Vtg Scherenschnitte Paper Scissors Cutting Silhouette Signed Boy Girl Family Lot
$14.99
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
$8.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs Scissor Cuts 1996 framed matted Animal Verse Prayer
$24.95
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RHONDA HINSDALE Scherenschnitte German Paper Cutting NOAHS ARK SIGNED Framed
$20.00
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RHONDA HINSDALE Scherenschnitte German Paper Cutting Dogwood SIGNED Framed
$9.99
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EAGLE AMERICA 1821 SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED COLONIAL 18TH C STYLE ARTWORK FOLK ART
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United States Patriotic Map DESIGNS SCISSORS FOLK ART 75 x 6 SCHERENSCHNITTE
$19.99
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ORIGINAL SCHERENSCHNITTE 2 WOMEN AT TABLE MARILYN DIENER 1988 FRAMED st
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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
$6.79
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Work Heart DovesLove Framed w Glass Free Shipping
$53.05
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Ships Finely Executed Estate Silhouette
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Scherenschnitte Noah with Parrot by Kerch McConlogue
$150.00
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Heart w Birds Green Matte Wood Frame 75
$16.95
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Hearts w Favorite Items Wood Frame
$70.00
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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 ROMANCE GENTLEMAN
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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 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 LUTIST 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 with Satin MASQUERADE MAN
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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 MASQUERADE LADY WOOED
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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 VICTORIAN 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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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin DUTCH WATER MAIDEN
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Scherenschnitte Red Dragons Hearts Signed S4116
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MASQUERADE MAN WOOS LADY
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SCHERENSCHNITTE ScissorCuts ALPHABETORIUM Victorian Art
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Scherenschnitte School House Paper Cutting Roycroft Renaissance Artist Mair
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MARILYN DIENER PA AMISH COUNTRY SCENE SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER SCISSOR ART SIGNED
$149.99
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Polly Winkler Mitchell Scherenschnitte Paper Original Scissor Art Jumprope Kids
$20.75
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Framed Artwork 1996
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Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors 1991 Blessed Are The Merciful Folk Art
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Rocking Horse
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Early Claudia Hopf Scherenschnitte Sissors Cutting PA German Valentine 1969
$75.00
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SCHERENSCHNITTE style Cut Paper Art Sampler Style Framed 6 x 8
$25.00
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VINTAGE 30s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MAN WOOS LADY AULOS FLUTE
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Vintage Framed Picture Print Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Wall Decor
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small boys doves Blue Matte
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Marilyn Diener Scherenschnitte Scissors Cutting Strawberries 1980s
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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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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Amish Landscape 8 1 2 x 11 Framed Picture
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Traditional Papercutting The Art of Scherenschnitte by Susanne
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Linda Hale Folk Artist Scherenschnitte Water Color And Scissor Cut Out GORGEOUS
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Matted And Framed Quilt Theme Scherenschnitte
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Scherenschnitte Framed Sampler Print Copyright 1987
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Oriental Chinese cut out man dragon art scherenschnitte framed
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Original Silhouette Print Victorian Chicago Framed Set of 5 Scherenschnitte Girl
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Scherenschnitte Blessed are the Merciful Design with scissors Framed Folk Art
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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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