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Multicultural Art for Kids: Paper Cutting

August 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Ethnic Arts


Paper cutting has been around for a very long time. Its history is almost as long as the history of paper. Paper was invented in China more than 2,000 years ago and paper cutting was soon to follow.

This presentation will lead us throughout the extensive world of paper cutting. We will learn how this ancient technique is almost as old as the paper itself. After we visit all this cultures and places, we will be ready to create with paper!

Paper cutting became very popular especially during Chinese holiday festivals. It was a traditionally a female activity and every girl was expected to master it.

In northern Europe, especially in Poland, the peasants created paper cutting designs to decorate their walls and furniture. This form of art work is called Wycinanki.

They designs are mostly circular or rectangle, and the most common motifs are the farm animals.

The use of paper in the new world can be traced back to pre-Hispanic Mexico. The Aztecs used the bark of mulberry and wild fig trees to make a rough paper called amatl.

The Otomi Indians live in San Pablito, a city in central Mexico. They have been working the amate paper for generations. Their technique of folding a single piece of amate paper in half, produces a symmetrical figure.

After the Spanish Conquest, tissue paper was introduced from China and became the material of choice for holiday decorations. The technique is known as Papel Picado, which means “cut paper” in Spanish.


One Response to “Multicultural Art for Kids: Paper Cutting”
  1. Mithun Gowda says:

    its awesome

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