How relevant is traditional Chinese paper cutting art today
2018-04-16 10:06:00

Chinese paper-cuts, as the name implies, is an art of cutting out patterns from paper with the help of a scissor or a knife.

With a history dating back thousands of years, the art is characterized by intricate designs and the creative use of negative space. The cut-outs can be used to adorn walls, columns, mirrors, windows and doors.

Students hold Chinese paper-cuts work – horse (L) and rooster (R). /VCG Photo

During the Chinese New Year, people attach festive cuttings on doors and windows in an attempt to favor prosperity in the coming year. It is perhaps an important reason why this form of art remains one of the country's highly preserved intangible heritages.

In 2009, Chinese paper-cuts were added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram