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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE BALLET DANCER
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Faye DuPlessis Standard Poodle Dog Handmade Paper Cut Scherenschnitte Signed
$10.00
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Large Love Token or Valentine Folk Art 1984
$131.75
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Scherenschnitte Signed Silhouette Paper Cut Out Vintage Unicorn Pineapple Art
$9.20
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Scherenschnitte Rabbit Bunny Signed Marion Carl Simmons
$24.99
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Scherenschnitte German Paper Cutting Picture Amish Buggy Windmill Signed Framed
$55.00
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Santa with Gifts Original Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting framed signed on back
$57.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissor cutting art picture LIFES A PATCHWORK Quilt
$39.99
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Scherenschnitte Framed Paper Cutting Girls Dancing Under Maypole Billie Houston
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Scherenschnitte Framed Paper Cutting Pennsylvania Dutch Motif Billie Houston
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Scherenschnitte Framed Paper Cutting Rooster Duck Sheep Pig Cow Billie Houston
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Scherenschnitte Grouping of Three Bird Floral Motifs Americana Folk Art NR
$125.00
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Art Deco Style Scherenschnitte Paper Cut Out Framed Lucite Embosse Woman Figure
$127.49
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1988 Paper Cut Scherenschnitte Matted Framed Childs Proverb Originally 40
$14.95
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SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR CUTS FRAMED PICTURE Blessed are the merciful
$8.99
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2 Vintage Country Cuts by Figi Graphics Framed Scherenschnitte two frames
$17.99
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Scherenschnitte SCISSOR CUT Picture Plaque 1996 Art USA LOVE TO SURROUND YOU EUC
$12.00
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folk art scherenschnitte
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Vtg Mothers Day poem Designs with Scissors scherenschnitte cut paper art signd
$16.95
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VTG Framed FIGI GRAPHICS Scissors Cut WELCOME Scherenschnitte Folk Art PA Dutch
$36.39
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Original Scherenschnitte Paper Art Boy Tickling Sleeping Bear w Twig Silhouette
$7.99
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NEW Folk Art Designs from Polish Wycinanki and Swiss and German Scherenschnitte
$6.54
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Noahs Ark animals Blue Frame Matte
$19.00
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Lovely Set of Scherenschnitte Papercutting Sailors in Oval Frames
$75.00
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Signed Scherenschnitte Scissor Paper Cut Folk Art Framed R W Faith Hope Love
$7.99
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Friendship Framed
$7.99
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Teacher Framed
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Figi Graphics Framed Pfaltzgraff Village Home Scherenschnitte Fok Art Picture
$17.99
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Figi Graphics Framed Pfaltzgraff Village Sampler Scherenschnitte Fok Art Picture
$17.99
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c1920s ART DECO Eva Schonberg Lady w Snowman Scherenschnitte Silhouette Picture
$40.00
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SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR CUTS FRAMED PICTURE
$9.99
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Scherenschnitte By Pamela Dalton Elijah
$180.00
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Scherenschnitte Cutwork Rose Rosebud and Foliage
$75.00
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3 FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR CUTS BLESSINGS CLEAN
$24.99
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
$12.00
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Designs With Scissors 1986 Framed Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte by RW
$9.95
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SIGNED EAVENSON 97 WHY GOD MADE LITTLE BOYS SCISSOR CUTS SCHERENSCHNITTE
$24.99
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Arts Crafts Dec 2000 Metallic Menorah Pet Stockings Scherenschnitte Foil Stars
$2.50
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German farm house scherenschnitte
$20.00
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HUGE 1936 German Silhouette Archive Same Artist NY Beer House Scherenschnitte
$1,560.00
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Scissor Cut Art Work Scherenschnitte Signed by Artist Frank Joest
$25.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Inc framed piece 1996 Family Signed
$19.99
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Paper Cutting Bird in Frame PA German folk art style Scherenschnitte fraktur
$39.99
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Designs With Scissors 1988 FRIENDS ARE FOREVER Framed RW Scherenschnitte
$9.99
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Antique 1920s Lotte Gutzlaff Original Signed Scherenschnitte Paper Silhouette
$49.99
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2002 FRIENDS Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Wooden Framed Art Size 6 1 2 x 8 3 4
$18.99
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1987 Framed Designs with Scissors Small Scherenschnitte Art signed RW
$25.00
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VINTAGE 1986 SCHERENSCHNITTE HEART Designs with Scissors I LOVE YOU Signed
$9.99
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Custom Framed Scherenschnitte Folk Art Papercutting Silhouette Ducks Tree Easter
$8.99
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Rare Signed E Rigot Edmond Rigot 1920s Scherenschnitte Paper Cuts Rare
$129.00
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Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts Blessing Angels Heart Trumpet Love 1990 USA
$13.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Paper Art 8x10 Eagle Bird
$9.89
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Vintage Art by Brian Truelove Paper Cut Scene Scherenschnitte Oriental Style
$29.99
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Scherenschnitte Framed Sampler Print Copyright 1987
$14.99
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Scherenschnitte ART Framed Original
$34.78
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Patriotic Art eagle flag Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting American Liberty fraktur
$99.99
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NEW ORIGINAL SCHERENSCHNITTE SANDOLLAR BELVELED GLASS GREAT FOR BEACH HOUSE
$16.99
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NEW ORIGINAL SCHERENSCHNITTE CONCH SHELL BELVELED GLASS GREAT FOR BEACH HOUSE
$24.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting DONT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET
$57.00
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE DOG BY MARILYN DIENER Signed
$28.99
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1986 Scherenschnitte Book 8 Home Place Collection Paper CuttingBack Street art
$10.00
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1996 FRAMED Scherenschnitte SCISSOR CUTS Blessing Angels Heart Trumpet Love
$3.99
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small boys doves Blue Matte
$19.00
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SOMERSET STUDIO m j 98 FOLK ART Scherenschnitte PIERCED METALS Decoupage PASTE P
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2 Framed Scherenschnitte Papercutting Art Hangings Angels in Blue Beautiful
$19.99
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Folk Art Designs From Polish Wycinanki and Swiss and German Scherenschnitte I
$6.21
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Folk Art Signed Polly Christmas Tree Matted
$52.95
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Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting CHRISTMAS IS A HOMECOMING OF THE HEART signed
$40.00
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Scherenschnitte Picture Framed 2 Girls With Dolls
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Designs With Scissors 1987 A GRANDFATHERS LOVE Framed RW Scherenschnitte
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THE ART OF PAPER CUTTING Scherenschnitte Papercrafting Silhouette Craft Book
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Designs with Scissors Rocking Horse Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Picture
$11.95
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Santa Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Folk Art by PJ Rankin Hults
$40.00
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Vintage Antique School Desk Apple Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Silhouette Frame
$29.99
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MARILYN DIENER PA AMISH SCENE SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER SCISSOR ART SIGNED
$179.99
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SCHERENSCHNITTE NEW CUT PAPER FOLK ART SILHOUETTE BOY W MOTHER 5 3 4 X 7
$9.77
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PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting signed by M Diener
$49.99
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Original Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting DELAWARE Map State Symbols by Kim Frey
$90.00
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Farm Girl Geese Framed Matted Behind Glass
$15.00
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Paper Cutting Bird in December German folk art style Scherenschnitte
$99.99
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Original Scherenschnitte Heart Hands Marie Gottshall Pennsylvania saying
$80.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors1985 Scissor Cut Silhouette Picture Signed
$15.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Scissor Cut Silhouette Picture Signed
$15.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors Scissor Cut Silhouette Picture Signed
$24.00
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Colored House Trees P Hults
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Contemporary Framed Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Decorative Angels and Heart
$19.99
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte God Bless Our Family Framed 4x7 by RW
$14.00
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Lovely Scissor Cut SCHERENSCHNITTE WELCOME Art Piece Designs With Scissors
$14.99
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Original Cornflower Butterfly Scherenschnitte White Painted Wood Frame
$6.39
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Vtg Red Asian Lantern Bird Scherenschnitte Paper Cut
$9.99
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Traditional Papercutting The Art of Scherenschnitte Schlapfer Geiser Susanne
$25.51
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Goats and Laundry on Wash Day PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting signed
$100.00
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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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