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Introduction to Chinese Paper cuts
Chinese papercuts refer to Chinese handicrafts made by cutting paper with scissors to form different patterns and pasting them on walls, windows, doors and ceilings. With their long history, Chinese paper cuts, which originated in China, have been very popular among the ordinary people of China. The first Chinese papercut can be traced back to the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386-581) period. The initiation and spread of Chinese paper cuts had a close relationship with Chinese rural festivals. People pasted Chinese papercuts on walls, windows and doors at wedding ceremonies or festivals to enhance the festive atmosphere.
Chinese papercuts are rich in content. The auspicious designs
symbolize good luck and the avoidance of evil. The child, lotus and bottle gourd
designs suggest a family with a large number of children and grandchildren.
Domestic birds, livestock, fruit, fish and worms are also familiar objects
depicted by Chinese farmers. There are some special Chinese paper cuts of
traditional design used as patterns for embroidering clothes, shoes, hats,
pillows, bed curtains and door curtains. Papercuts made in different areas have
different characteristics. Shaanxi window papercuts are simple and bold;
papercuts from Hebei Province and Shanxi Province are bright in color; papercuts
in southern provinces are delicate and fine.