Papercutting all over the world

English - Papercutting

German - Scherenschnitte ( sher-en-schnit-uh )

Dutch - Knippen

Polish - Wycinanki ( Vee-chee-non-kee )

Japanese- Monkiri ( Mon-kee-ree )

Chinese - Chien-chih ( Jian-jeh )

Turks - "ka 'ti"

Indian - Sanjhi

Ukraine - vytynanky

Mexican - Papel picado

I recommend " The Book of Paper Cutting- A Complete Guide to the Techniques-With More Than 100 Project Ideals", by Chris Rich. It has a great history of papercutting through the years. Besides the projects it has some beautiful artwork from many different accomplished papercut artist.

Scherenschnitte = Papercutting : What is it?

Scherenschnitte, which literaly means "scissor cutting" in German, is an old world craft. It is folk art, it is a pasttime, it's a hobby, a business, and something to create and admire. Papercutting evolved right alongside the invention of paper around A.D. 200 in China. Many styles of papercutting are found in different countries. Immigrants from Germany and Switzerland brought the art of scherenschnitte to Pennsylvania in the late 17th century. Papercutting is design and symmetry. It's collage and asymmetry. It's decorative and or functional. It's Polish roasters and ribbons, German valentines and frakturs, Danish fairy tails, Jewish mizrahs, Chinese lanterns, and French silhouettes. It is black and white or colorful. It's paper doll chains and snowflakes. It's religious documentations, birth records and marriage certificates. Papercutting in all its various forms is an ancient art, a life recorder, and a constant pleasure.

Papercut Treasures

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