Paper-cutting reflects history and tradition
2017-12-12 16:03:00

Lu Gongxun (L) makes paper-cutting works. (Photo from

The paper-cutting works of Lu Gongxun, an inheritor of intangible cultural heritage from Jiangsu province, reflects the folk culture and history of Jinhu county of Huai'an city, Jiangsu province.

Lu Gongxun is crazy about paper-cutting. His wife said he is “so obsessed” that he “frequently forgets to have meals and has no time to help with the housework."

In the sweltering summer, hands easily sweat and the thin paper is often wet, so Lu Gongxun has to clean his hands every once in a while and use several towels a day. In winter, however, he has to constantly warm his hands with a hot water sack due to serious arthritis.

While carrying on the tradition, Lu Gongxun also makes bold innovations. Once he worked hard for half a month to prepare for an art exhibition, but he wasn't satisfied with the finished product. So he made a research of a dozen kinds of paper and found that the colored membranes of old calendars are very suitable for paper-cutting. And his final works not only maintained the features of traditional paper-cut, but also displayed a vivid sense of life. The colored membrane paper-cut started a new trend, and was very popular at exhibitions and folk art festivals.

In 2014, the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Museum announced it would add a 1.2-meter-long and 0.6-meter-wide paper cut created by Lu Gongxun to its permanent collection, with the YOG mascot Le Le as the subject. At the 2017 Spring Festival Exhibition held in Germany, he displayed the process of paper-cutting on site and showed foreigners what the Chinese Spring Festival and Jiangsu style stand for, which was well received by visitors.

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