Paper cut from China

Got a book with paper cut designs, the Chinese art. Here is the information about this art as mentioned in the introduction segment of the book ..It is as mentioned in the book word to word-

Paper cut is a picture cut out on a paper with scissors. The picture patterns are often pasted on the lintels, windows or lanterns to express the feelings of joy and the perceptions in life. Hence the scissors-cut is also known as "scissors-picture" or "paper-cut for window decoration". The patterns are often designed from events in the jubilant festivals, bumper harvest of the cereals, stories of the folk opera, children or animals and others. They are very beautiful and interesting and are widely popular among Chinese people.

The art of paper-cut may be traced back to a period as early as the ancient South and North dynasties. It appeared at the same time of discovery of Chinese paper making and is still prosperous across China. The paper cut of the south is delicate and beautiful and those of the north are robust and energetic. The paper cut art has become one of the magnificent and beautiful flowers in the Chinese national artistic treasures.

The pictures below are based on the theme of Facial makeup and each one resembles some significant character from China. I have not made these and are pictures from the book..Hats off to the artist for creating such beautiful piece of work.

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