Paper cutting (Jianzhi 剪纸 in Chinese) is a kind of folk art popular among the Chinese. It has been practiced in China since at least the 6th century A.D and was listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2009.
Paper cutting has a number of distinct uses in Chinese culture, almost all of which are for health, prosperity or decorative purposes. Red is the most commonly used color. Hangzhou, as an important cultural city, once witnessed the flourish of paper cutting.
Hangzhou Jianzhi art divides into paper cutting and paper carving. Integrated with different styles, Hangzhou Jianzhi is among the city’s 33 key protected traditional arts and crafts.
Perhaps, the interestingness of paper cutting is the premier feature. The auspicious content of paper cutting should be one of the main reasons for its popularity. The important function of presenting folklore custom and culture won’t be vanished. Let’s gather material in life and amuse ourselves in paper cutting.
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