Yangzhou Paper-cut
2011-12-14 12:45:00

  Yangzhou is one of the areas that are popular for paper-cut in our country. It said that when Emperor Yang in the Sui Dynasty visited Yangzhou for three times, a lot of temporary palaces were built here and there to offer recreation for him.

  

  

  Yangzhou is one of the areas that are popular for paper-cut in our country. It said that when Emperor Yang in the Sui Dynasty visited Yangzhou for three times, a lot of temporary palaces were built here and there to offer recreation for him. Flowers and trees withered in the cold winter, and pond water got frozen. Emperor Yang was still highly interested in visiting the temporary palaces. He ordered court ladies to copy and make paper-cut from the folk with colorful brocade as flower leaf and dot on branches, hang on trees. Other patterns like lotus flower, water chestnut and lotus root were also cut; the ice blocks were removed away from the pond that was decorated with the brocade patterns mentioned above. The pond looked so beautiful as if it was in summer. This gave evidence that Yangzhou paper-cut has a long history.

  

  

  People in the Tang Dynasty had the custom to welcome the Spring Festival by paper-cut. On the day of Spring Beginning, people cut paper into patterns of flowers, spring butterfly, spring coin and spring handkerchief to “hang on the beauty’s head, or dot under flowers” and get enjoyment by watching. There are other purposes for paper-cut in the folk. The cut paper character, horse and coin etc. are used to sacrifice ghosts and gods. The famous poet Du Fu once wrote that “Wash my feet by warm water, and cut paper to call for my fetch ” right showed the usage of paper-cut.

  

  

  In the Ming and Qing dynasties, Yangzhou paper-cut enhanced the decoration feature combining appreciation and usage together. It could be used both for decoration on women and children, the sample pattern for embroidery, the model for cutting shoe decoration, pillow decoration, table cloth decoration and bed sheet decoration etc; used for “ceremony decoration” in the folk custom like festival pattern, happy ceremony pattern, door lace, light decoration and dragon boat decoration etc. The cleaver folk paper-cut craftsmen cut various patterns with fortunate and wealthy meanings by a knife and some Xuan paper. Even in the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China era, many craftsmen still made a living by paper-cut.

  

  

  

  

Source:yznews.com.cn Editor:吴心海