PAPER CUTTING is the art of cutting paper designs. The art is evolved uniquely all over the world, to adapt to different cultural styles.
CHINESE : — JIANZHI, is a traditional style of paper cutting in China. It has been practised since at least the 6th century A.D. JIANZHI has a number of distinct uses in Chinese culture, almost all of which are for health, prosperity and decorative purposes. RED is the most commonly used colour. JIANZHI cuttings often have a heavy emphasis on Chinese characters symbolizing the Chinese Zodiac Animals. Although paper cutting is popular around the globe, the Chinese Paper Cut was listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, which was in 2009. The Chinese paper-cutting was recognized and listed, because it has a history of more than 1500yrs, and it represents cultural values of the people throughout China.
INDIAN : —- SANJHI, is the Indian art of paper cutting. the cut paper is usually placed on the floor and colours are filled in to make RANGOLI.
INDONESIAN : —— Indonesian traditional art is influenced by Chinese, in some parts of Indonesia. BATIK, a traditional art and paper cutting can be combined perfectly; the intricate details, which is BATIK uniqueness, is the most beautiful part in Indonesian paper cutting.
FILIPINO : ——- Several Philippine crafts employ paper cutting. During Filipino Christmas, the PAROL (a traditional star-shaped lantern) is embellished with coloured paper, cut into various forms such as floral designs on the faces and “tails” on the points of the star. Paper cutting is also involved in the creation of BANDERITAS (bunting), that feature prominently in ‘fiesta’ décor; these may be elaborate or plain-cut paper squares and triangles strung over streets.
JEWISH : —– Paper cutting has been a common Jewish art since the Middle Ages, connected with various customs and ceremonies and associate with holidays and family life.
MEXICAN : —- PAPEL PICADO is the Mexican art of paper cutting. Tissue paper is cut into intricate designs with scissors or small, sharp chisels; this technique is frequently used to produce decorative banners.
SWEDISH : —- Christmas is when flowers of cut and manipulated paper, fringed candy holders and LJUSKRONA which are covered with cut paper, are found in Swedish homes.
SILHOUETTE can refer to the art of cutting outlines or portraits out of black paper. Modern-day paper cutters, typically follow one or more of the ‘traditional’ styles mentioned above. Contemporary paper cutting is also sometimes associated with the art of STENCILING, itself being derived from the techniques used in GRAFFITI ART. The use of hand-cut stencils in Graffiti Art, has received international attention, in recent years.