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Chinese paper-cutting

Updated: Aug 02, 2018 Print


Handicraft works created by staff of public works departments are exhibited in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, on Mar 5, 2018. [Photo/IC]

Chinese paper-cutting is a very distinctive Chinese visual handicraft. It has a history of over 1500 years and represents long-standing national cultural values.

The main cutting tools include paper and scissors or an engraving knife. All of the cuttings are for health, prosperity or decorative purposes. Red is the most commonly chosen color. The paper cuttings often emphasize auspicious characters or images.

In China, paper-cutting is integrated into the social life of all ethnic groups, and constitutes an important part of various folk activities.

Paper-cuttings express the moral principles, social values, philosophies and aesthetic ideals of the local people. They educate, signify, and entertain. People find hope and comfort in expressing their wishes with them.

On May 20, 2006, approved by the State Council, Chinese paper-cutting was incorporated into the National Intangible Cultural Heritages List. During the fourth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Chinese paper-cutting was inscribed in the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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