Bird Paper Cuts, Vintage Chinese Paper-Cuts from Yang Chow, China. Chinese Folk Art. Chinese Scherenschnitte.
In 1987, I spent 3 weeks touring China with a group of American teachers and doctors on a cultural exchange. We primarily visited schools and hospitals, as well as many of the major historical and cultural sites. It was one of those big moments in my life. On that trip I purchased an array of Chinese arts and handicrafts, many of which--like the rug by my bedside--I am still using.
These 6 colorful paper cuts (Oops, I only have photos of 5 of them....there is an orange horizontal one not photographed.) from that trip. I found them in a stack in the back of a drawer, unused and in mint condition, still in their original folder. The Chinese still today tape up paper cuts inside their windows and on the outside of their doors to commemorate holidays, anniversaries, weddings, and auspicious days in general. These would be lovely taped to a window, but I"m sure they have many others uses as well. My daughter went through a stage where she copper-foiled Chinese paper cuts between 2 pieces of glass and hung them in the window. Use your imagination!
These 6 paper cuts measure more or less 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches. They are delicate and beautiful.
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