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Vtg Paper Cut Design FOLK ART DESIGNS TO COLOR OR CUT Wycinanki Scherenschnitte
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Scherenschnitte Rare Folk Art Antique Cut out Wooden Silhouette
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING OF INDIAN CHIEF HAND CUT W SCISSORS matted 5x7
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FRAMED German SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small Boy Horn Blue Matte 4 x 7
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Lotte Gutzlaff Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Drinking Wine Cafe Scene
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Lotte Gutzlaff Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte German Couple
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Lotte Gutzlaff Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Woodland Musicians
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Friedrich Kaskeline Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Elk Mountain Scene
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Lotte Gutzlaff Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Drinking Wine Lake Scene
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Lotte Gutzlaff Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Wine Toasting on Patio
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Frans Brasch Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Sailboat on Lake Scene
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Eva Schonberg Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Carriage Couple Cupid
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Frans Brasch Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte German Windmill Scene
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Scherenschnitte Flowers Tulip Picture by Sandra Gilpin
$45.00
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Vintage German Folk Art Scherenschnitte Water Color Cut Out Grain Painted Frame
$54.40
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Scherenschnitte scissors THE SIMPLE JOYS of LIFE AMISH DESIGN FRAMED
$29.95
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte VTG Paper Floral Silhouette by Marilyn R Diener SIGNED
$29.99
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1860 antique SCHERENSCHNITTE SILHOUETTE paper cut FAIRY
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Pair of Antique Vintage Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Ships Intricate design
$127.49
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Oriental Chinese cut out man dragon art scherenschnitte framed
$16.99
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Step Or Foster Mom Mother Gift Framed
$40.00
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Patriotic Art eagle flag Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting American Liberty fraktur
$99.99
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Old Scherenschnitte Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art Bird Cutout Picture in Frame
$29.99
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1964 vintage LRG 1375 FOLK ART BIRDS scherenschnitte PAPER CUT POLANDSIGNED2
$42.50
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Hearts w Favorite Items Wood Frame
$50.00
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Work with Heart Bible Verse Love Framed w Glass
$42.00
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EAVENSON Scissor Cut Scherenschnitte Peaceable Kingdom Signed ExC SHIPS FREE
$99.95
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Lot of 3 Chrysanthemum Scherenschnitte MUMS Gold Foil S4674
$49.99
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Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Original Folk Art Flower Bird Welcome Sign
$4.95
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Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte Original Folk Art Flower Heart by Sharon Schaich
$5.95
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Scherenschnitte Red Dragons Hearts Signed S4116
$25.00
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANCE GENTLEMAN
$29.99
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin MASQUERADE LADY
$39.99
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Mother Verse Framed Artwork 1996 Gold Frame
$19.95
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A AULIST SERENADING LADY
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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 A LUTIST SERENADING LADY
$29.99
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Vintage 1996 Mothers Day Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut framed signed
$7.99
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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 GENTLEMEN WOOING LADY
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ANTIQUE FOLK ART TRAY Scherenschnitte SILHOUETTE Driver Whip Buggy 3 Horses
$12.50
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SCHERENSCHNITTE ScissorCuts ALPHABETORIUM Victorian Art
$19.95
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Framed Scherenschnitte With Bible Verse Signed Bjorkman
$11.95
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Lot 6 Vtg Scherenschnitte Inspired Paper Art Pictures Figi Designs w Scissors
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CLAUDIA CARROLL HOPF SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE ARTWORK
$64.00
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CLAUDIA CARROLL HOPF FRIENDS SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE ARTWORK
$64.00
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SHARON SCHAICH SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED SIGNED VINTAGE YOUTH PLAYING ARTWORK
$44.00
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Matted Scherenschnitte White on Peach Bird Artwork for 9x12 Frame
$14.99
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Pair Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Heart Roosters Floral Morning Glory Pa
$245.67
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Depression Era Scherenschnitte Oklahoma USA Paper Cutting Art 1930s 7 x 7 Framed
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vintage paper art Scherenschnitte die cut paper dolls Hyatt Rama Bangkok napkin
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BEAUTIFUL FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE IMAGE OF CHILDREN PLAYING SIGNED RW
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Squirrel Tree
$12.50
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Folk Art Africa Scene Matted Framed
$36.00
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte All Day Sucker
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Handout
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Beach Bum
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Scherenschnitte SCISSOR CUTTING ORIGINAL RARE
$350.00
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Home is Where They Love You German SCHERENSCHNITTE Framed Art 8 1 2 x 6 1 2
$17.95
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Months w Seasons Wood Frame
$40.00
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1996 Designs With Scissors Inc Scherenschnitte Mom
$16.95
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
$6.00
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Scherenschnitte Folk Art Cut Paper Noahs Ark Design Framed 11 x 10
$39.99
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Vintage Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Flower Design Framed 9 x 7
$39.99
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VTG Scherenschnitte Art Cut Paper Sailors Heart Design Framed 8 x 6Signed
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Rabbit Plaid Bkgd Wood Frame 95x75 FREE SH
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
$25.00
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
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1860 antique SCHERENSCHNITTE SILHOUETTE paper cut NYMPH artembossed frame vict
$42.50
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting TOUCHDOWN Silhouette Buckbee Brehm FREE SH
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Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Apple Tree Gathering Cardinal Hand Made
$35.00
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VINTAGE 30s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MAN WOOS LADY AULOS FLUTE
$29.99
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SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS PAPER CUTTING FOLK ART AMERICANA WELCOME SAMPLER FRAMED
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Vintage Framed Scherenschnitte Folk Art Paper Cutting Flowers in Vase
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Framed Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Heart of Vines
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Early 20th century Scherenschnitte Group of 10 Chinese Warriors Paper Cutting
$199.00
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Vintage Cut Paper Folk Art Scherenschnitte Handcrafted Papercut Scissor Cuts
$24.95
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2 German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut Out Boy Girl Vintage Decor 12 Pictures
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Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Original Signed A Gray 99 Sheep Lambs Tree Heart
$8.00
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Framed Red Rooster Signed By Artist 1985
$9.99
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Vintage Cut Paper Folk Art Scherenschnitte Handcrafted Papercut Scissor Cuting
$34.95
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Original Cornflower Butterfly Scherenschnitte White Painted Wood Frame
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Beautiful Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Marie Helen L Grabman 1994
$292.49
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German Paper Cutting Art Scherenschnitte Signed 8 x 10 Victorian Couple
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Two Pigs Birds in Tree
$25.00
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TWO 1975 Pa German Scherenschnittecut paper art by Claudia Hopfflowerslady
$39.95
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Antique Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Rooster Crane Framed
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Framed Scherenschnitte by Jo Forinash Paper Cutting Colonial Boy w Fawn
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PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN SCHERENSCHNITTE FOLK ART 19TH CENTURY DISTELFINK HEARTS
$259.00
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1987 Scherenschnitte 6x8 Framed Love is the Greatest Gift by Figi Graphics US
$11.95
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Scherenschnitte God Made Us a Family Wood Framed 9x9 by Southern Scribe USA
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1987 Scherenschnitte 6x6 Signed God Bless our Home by Designs with Scissors US
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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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