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Paper cutting: An artistry rich in imagination

ezhejiang.gov.cn| Updated: January 8, 2024 L M S

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A paper-cutting work is crafted in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province. [Photo/Zhejiang Daily]

Paper-cutting art stands as an integral facet of traditional Chinese culture, boasting a profound history and cultural legacy. With a mere sheet of red paper and a pair of scissors, one can carve through the fabric of time, crafting marvels with adept hands.

In the Yuecheng district of Shaoxing, Wu Yingxian emerges as a distinguished torchbearer of the paper-cutting craft.

Under her adept touch, commonplace red paper metamorphoses into exquisite masterpieces the moment it encounters the precision of her scissors.

A fervent advocate for the splendor of Chinese folk craftsmanship, Wu journeys to schools, cultural heritage markets, museums, and various locales to expound upon and impart the art of paper cutting. This endeavor aims to draw more individuals closer to the allure of this folk art form.

While perusing the portfolios of children's paper-cutting creations, Wu said "Children possess remarkable imaginations, and their artworks exude vitality. Being in their company imparts much inspiration and joy."

Proudly contributing to the proliferation of paper-cutting art across educational institutions and unveiling the charm of this intangible cultural heritage to students, Wu experiences a profound sense of accomplishment.

"I have harbored fervor for paper-cutting art since childhood, fueled entirely by love. As the New Year approaches, I also aspire for my paper-cutting works to usher in blessings and joy for everyone," said Wu.