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ANTIQUE FOLK ART TRAY Scherenschnitte Silhouette Driver Whip Buggy Horses Couple
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Matted Framed Scissor Cut Golf Scene Scherenschnitte USGA Museum
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Scherenschnitte scissor cut picture Clifford Nevin
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Hand Cut Paper Print Wild Flowers 7 x 9 Wooden Frame Signed Scherenschnitte
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Scherenschnitte Cutwork Rose Rosebud and Foliage
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Vintage Art by Brian Truelove Paper Cut Scene Scherenschnitte Oriental Style
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Scherenschnitte silhouette Original Paper Cutting Evelyn Meade PA artist ANGEL
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Colored House Trees P Hults
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Rhonda Hinsdale Scherenschnitte German Paper Cutting Angel Profile SIGNED Framed
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Antique FOLK ART Scherenschnitte BIRDS Trees DENSELY Quilted RED
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Marilyn Diener Scherenschnitte DOG 1992 Papercut Great Pyrenees Mountain
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AMISH Scherenschnitte Scissors Cut Blessed Are The Peacemakers dated 1990
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VINTAGE SCHERENSCHNITTE DOG BY MARILYN DIENER Signed
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Designs With Scissors 1988 FRIENDS ARE FOREVER Framed RW Scherenschnitte
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Vintage Framed Picture Print Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Wall Decor
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Nice Framed Handcut Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Parents are a Gift from God
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1950 Now Original Early Pamela Dalton Scherenschnitte Paper Cut Art Angels Jonah
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Primitive Victorian intricate Scherenschnitte Innocence Print Brand New
$54.99
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FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE STACK OF APPLES PAPER CUTTING FRAMED
$45.00
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PRETTY SCHERENSCHNITTE BIRDS FIGURE SIGNED EMBOSSED BACKING
$275.00
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Original Signed Art Deco Sihouette Scherenschnitte Eva Schonberg Berlin
$85.00
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E Rigot Original Signed Scherenschnitte Paper Cuts Rare Dancers
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RHONDA HINSDALE Scherenschnitte German Paper Cutting NOAHS ARK SIGNED Framed
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1990 Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut Picture Verse Framed Houses Flowers Initial RW
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Geisha Jianzhi Chinese Paper Cuttings on Silk Wood Framed Scherenschnitte 23x21
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Pair Silhouette Pictures Lotte Gutzlaff Berlin Scherenschnitte
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Framed Old Pair Silhouette Pictures Lotte Gutzlaff Berlin Scherenschnitte
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Old Silhouette Picture Brantz Scherenschnitte
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Primitive Punch Needle Original RED BIRD Folk Art Paper Cutting SCHERENSCHNITTE
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scrapbook Album Poesie Original Silhouettes 50s 60s
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Art Cut Out Design Signed By B Singapoor
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German Couple Toasting Scherenschnitte Silhouette Berlin 1954 Ruth Friedman 2
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Germany Scherenschnitte Silhouette Berlin 1954 Ruth Friedman Young Lovers 3
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Scherenschnitte Designs w Scissor Cut Art Matted Frame PictureLIFES A PATCHWORK
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Framed Artwork 1996
$19.99
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Modern Framed Scherenschnitte Paper Cut Out Art Cat Design Hand Colored 1987
$24.95
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Scherenschnitte ART Framed Original
$30.61
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Patriotic Art eagle flag Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting American Liberty fraktur
$99.99
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Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors 1988 Original Silhouette Picture Signed
$17.98
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Scherenschnitte Marilyn Diener Signed 2002 Kids in Garden Paper Scissor Cutting
$9.50
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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early SCHERENSCHNITTE paper cutting love birds heart folk art
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SCHERENSCHNITTE DESIGNS with SCISSORS 1985 Atlanta Georgia Folk Art Framed 9x7
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Marilyn Diener Scherenschnitte SKUNKS Framed 5 7 8 X 11 7 8 FREE SHIPPING
$35.00
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Scherenschnitte Heart EVERY MANS WORK IS A PORTRAIT OF HIMSELF FREE SHIPPING
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Wood Frame 5x5 Grandma Saying Hearts 1996 Paper Art
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SIGNED Marilyn R Diener Wyomissing PA SCHERENSCHNITTE Young Girls w Cat Photo
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Scherenschnitte Blessed are the Faithful Design with scissors Framed Folk Art
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Scherenschnitte Blessed are they Who Labor Design with scissors Framed Folk Art
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 1989 Quilt Life a Patchwork Framed Signed
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Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte 4 Pieces Collection By Rhonda G Henderson
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Paper Cutting Birds Flowers German Folk Art Style Scherenschnitte Framed
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Paper Cutting Small Birds Flowers German Folk Art Style Scherenschnitte Framed
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Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Paper Cutting APPLE TREE by Patience Blanchetti
$29.00
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1986 Scherenschnitte Book 8 Home Place Collection Paper CuttingBack Street art
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Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Christmas is a Homecoming of the Heart signed
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CYNTHIA MOORE FT LEWIS WA SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR FOLK ART EAGLE ON SHIELD
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Folk Art Signed Polly Christmas Tree Matted
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Picasso Weeping Woman Original Scherenschnitte Rendition
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Polly Winkler Mitchell Scherenschnitte Paper Original Scissor Art Jumprope Kids
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Scherenschnitte Picture Framed 2 Girls With Dolls
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Scherenschnitte Scissors Cut Marriage Folk Art Picture Signed 1992 Double Mat
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ESTATE SALE AMISH Scherenschnitte Scissors Cut Blessed Are The Peacemakers
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Victorian fashion beauty Paper Cut Folk Art
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Vintage Signed Scherenschnitte Wycinanki Children sailor Paper Cut Folk Art
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING BY FOTHERGILL HAND CUT W SCISSORS MATTED FRAMED
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Sandra Gilpin Scherenschnitte Sun Seed Love Rain Gardeners Delight
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Sandra Gilpin Scherenschnitte Bird with Flowers
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Vintage Antique School Desk Apple Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Silhouette Frame
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Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Signed by Artist A Sister
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Vintage HandCrafted Framed Scherenschnitte Young Girl By Nancy H Wolinsky
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Original Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting DELAWARE Map State Symbols by Kim Frey
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Scherenschnitte Designs Scissor Cuts 1996 framed matted Animal Verse Prayer
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5 Scherenschnitte Notecards Scissor Art by Polly Winkler Mitchell
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Rabbits Made in Heaven Nursery Baby Rare
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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
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Scherenschnitte Noah with Parrot by Kerch McConlogue
$150.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors 12 Hearts w Favorite Items Wood Frame
$70.00
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Designs With Scissors Rocking Horse
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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 GENTLEMAN
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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 with Satin MASQUERADE MAN
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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 GENTLEMEN WOOING LADY
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VINTAGE 1930s GERMAN Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MASQUERADE LADY WOOED
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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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