Chinese Paper Cutting (Jianzhi 剪纸) is the first type of papercutting design, since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. The art form later spread to other parts of the world with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. Because the cut outs are also used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to "chuāng huā" (窗花), meaning Window Flower.
There are two methods of manufacture: one use scissors, the other use knives. So Chinese Paper Cutting actually should have two names: Jianzhi (using scissors) and Kezhi (using knives)
Designs include single Chinese characters describing some meaning or representation (e.g. the character XI, double-happiness); 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Red is the most popular color.
Come and learn scissor paper cutting with CCC master. Paper and scissors are all provided.
Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.