Folk artist devoted to paper-cutting
2018-02-15 10:56:00


Zhang Fanglin, national-level inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage, was born to a family that has been engaged in the making of paper-cutting for more than 100 years. Everyone would be amazed at the remarkably life-like paper-cuttings at his studio at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In 2012, 2013 and 2016, his paper-cuttings were staged at the Central China Television's (CCTV) Spring Festival Gala.

Paper-cutting has been popular in Nanjing since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Flowers made of red paper are essential for the wedding ceremony. During the Spring Festival, red-colored paper-cuttings will also be pasted on the windows, with the meaning of good luck and auspiciousness.

There have always been innovations in Zhang’s paper-cuttings. He has drawn much inspiration from the landscapes of Nanjing, including Zifeng Building, Xuanwu Lake, Mochou Lake, especially the stone animals guarding the Sacred Way of the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. Editor:Dylan