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Scherenschnitte Noah with Parrot by Kerch McConlogue
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PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting signed by M Diener
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Scherenschnitte Heart EVERY MANS WORK IS A PORTRAIT OF HIMSELF FREE SHIPPING
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Work with Dove Wreath Hearts Framed w Glass
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Work Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff Home is Where Heart
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Ships Finely Executed Estate Silhouette
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Hearts w Favorite Items Wood Frame
$70.00
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Heart w Birds Green Matte Wood Frame 75
$16.95
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Lot of 3 Chrysanthemum Scherenschnitte MUMS Gold Foil S4674
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Antique Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Love Birds Valentine W Frame
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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 MASQUERADE LADY
$39.99
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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 LADY POWDERING NOSE
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MASQUERADE LADY WOOED
$34.99
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper ArtThe Forest by Artist Elizabeta W Kaleta
$100.00
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMEN WOOING LADY
$39.99
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin A LUTIST 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 with Satin GENTLEMAN
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Lot of 4 Scherenschnitte Owl Lion Red Bird Black Bird Signed S4117
$52.99
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Scherenschnitte Red Dragons Hearts Signed S4116
$25.00
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin VICTORIAN LADY
$19.99
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin DUTCH WATER MAIDEN
$17.99
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut with Satin GENTLEMAN WOOING LADY
$29.99
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MASQUERADE MAN WOOS LADY
$34.99
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Antique FOLK ART Scherenschnitte BIRDS Trees DENSELY Quilted RED
$408.75
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Rabbits Made in Heaven Nursery Baby Rare
$23.99
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SCHERENSCHNITTE ScissorCuts ALPHABETORIUM Victorian Art
$19.95
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Framed German Scherenschnitte BLACK PAPER CUT OUT gerhard thiers
$299.99
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Scissor Cut Art Scherenschnitte Children Animals 7 x 4 1996 Nursery Picture USA
$14.99
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MARILYN DIENER PA AMISH COUNTRY SCENE SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER SCISSOR ART SIGNED
$119.99
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Scherenschnitte School House Paper Cutting Roycroft Renaissance Artist Mair
$89.00
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Vintage 1920c SILHOUETTE GERMAN Scherenschnitte Man Woman Framed
$16.00
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Vintage Signed Lotte Gutzlaff Silhouette Berlin Scherenschnitte Lady And Suitor
$19.99
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Polly Winkler Mitchell Scherenschnitte Paper Original Scissor Art Jumprope Kids
$21.51
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Early Claudia Hopf Scherenschnitte Sissors Cutting PA German Valentine 1969
$65.00
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Framed Artwork 1996
$19.95
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Marilyn Diener Scherenschnitte Scissors Cutting Strawberries 1980s
$25.00
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Lot of 2 Scherenschnitte scissor cut pictures Clifford Nevin
$5.99
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Scissor Art Scherenschnitte Amish Children 13x16 MINT
$25.00
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VTG school desk Sharon Schaich framed paper cut Scherenschnitte Scissor art
$28.50
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VINTAGE 30s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MAN WOOS LADY AULOS FLUTE
$29.99
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 136
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art dragon
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art Bible story
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art Geisha
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art Story time
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art tigerjungle
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art kids puppy
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 106 107
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
$35.95
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
$44.95
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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
$39.95
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Scissor Cut Art Scherenschnitte Children w Animals 15x10 1989 Nursery Picture
$9.95
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Scissor Cut Art Scherenschnitte Children Playing 15x10 1989 Nursery Picture
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 171
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting Small boys doves Blue Matte
$18.95
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SCHERENSCHNITTE FOLK ART REPRO 19TH C ANTIQUE PAPER CUTTING LOVEBIRD BASKET NEW
$55.00
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EAVENSON 89 LOVE BRINGS SUNSHINE TO A CLOUDY DAY SCISSOR CUTS SCHERENSCHNITTE
$25.12
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 142 143
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 155 156
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 140
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 152
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 162
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 169
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 13 14
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 31 32
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Early 20th century Scherenschnitte Group of 10 Chinese Warriors Paper Cutting
$199.00
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
$34.95
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EAGLE AMERICA 1821 SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED COLONIAL 18TH C STYLE ARTWORK FOLK ART
$52.50
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Matted Framed Scissor Cut Golf Scene Scherenschnitte USGA Museum
$34.95
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NEW SCHERENSCHNITTE OUR FAMILY IS A CIRCL OF STRENTH FRAMED PIECE 13 3 4 x pr
$19.95
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Vintage SILHOUETTE art Lotte Gtzlaff German scherenschnitte Female Nude
$89.99
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Linda Hale Folk Artist Scherenschnitte Water Color And Scissor Cut Out GORGEOUS
$69.99
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art SNACK SHOP
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art CHRISTMAS
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 134
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Traditional Papercutting The Art of Scherenschnitte by Susanne
$57.24
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Original Silhouette Print Victorian Chicago Framed Set of 5 Scherenschnitte Girl
$60.00
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Designs with Scissors Framed Lifes a Patchwork Scherenschnitte pink 13 by16 3
$110.00
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Beautiful Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Marie Helen L Grabman 1994
$324.99
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FINE EARLY 19TH CENTURY PENNSYLVANIA SCHERENSCHNITTE TREE OF LIFE
$850.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs Scissor Cuts 1996 framed matted Animal Verse Prayer
$15.99
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 132
$4.99
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Scherenschnitte scissors THE SIMPLE JOYS of LIFE AMISH DESIGN FRAMED
$29.95
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Antique framed Scherenschnitte paper cutout landscape silhouette Eastlake frame
$488.00
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Sandra Gilpin Original Handcut Painted Scherenschnitte Art Work Tree w Bird
$40.00
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1980s C J HOPF Salem Mass SCHERENSCHNITTE CHICKENS Hand Grain Painted Frame
$90.00
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Little Girl Watering Flowers
$12.50
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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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