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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Chinese Paper Cutting Folk Art


When we were kids, my sisters and I used to watch our older cousins and aunts nimbly churn out beautiful cuttings from pieces of red paper with just a pair of scissors.
It was fascinating when, after a few symmetrical folds and several snips of the scissors, a complete design would unfurl. No two pieces were alike.
Sadly, I lack the patience and concentration required for this delicate folk art which dates back to the Han dynasty.









9 comments:

  1. I cannot believe how beautiful they are - and out of ONE piece of paper! I'm like you though, I wouldn't have the patience to attempt to do anything but cut out one lonely heart! LOL!

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  2. I would never have the patients to make this type of art! Thanks for checking out my blog. It'll be fun to compare our lives with little boys!

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  3. Hi Veronica Lee,

    thanks for visiitng my blog. :)

    the cut outs look equisite! I wouldn't have the patience either sadly!

    Claire McFee
    Organize Your Life Organizers

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  4. Oh my gosh, I would not have the patience either! I used to make snowflakes, but that's about it..lol.

    But, wow..those are beautiful!

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  5. Hi Veronica,

    I have fixed up the 'followers button' on my blog..thanks for letting me know....it's on the RHS a bit down from the top.

    All the best,
    Claire

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  6. I remember having tons of these when I was a little girl!

    They are neat, aren't they? I'm not sure where one can get these nowadays (outside of China, that is)..?

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  7. Those are amazing! Hard to believe someone can do that.

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  8. That is such a beautiful form of artistic expression.

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  9. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

    http://sketchingdrawing.com

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