29 March 2011

Chinese Papercutting: Dragon

What a surprise in the mail today; this wonderfully ornate paper-cutting. It is made of cardstock, and has pinhole mountain and valley folds, to keep it standing so easily.

This paper-cutting measures 42 cm long x 20 cm high (or 16.5" x 8" ... and I still think in the imperial measurements myself).

8 comments:

Geke said...

Waaaw this is beautiful. I can imagine this was a surprise!!

Terri said...

Amazing! So ornate. A real master made this...

Jan Castle said...

I'm awe struck!!!! Was this actually done by hand cutting??????? If so, what kind of tools were used besides scissors...and what kind of scissors????? I love detail cutting, but this is beyond belief!
Jan

Marg said...

Oh My! This is an incredible keepsake. Is this work of art hand cut Carole?

Carole Meisenhelter said...

...I can't be sure that this is actually a hand-cut paper-cutting at all. I have a feeling that China does mass-produce a lot of commercial/machine-cuts. I have a packet of fine colourful tissue paper-cuttings - they'd have to be done by machine. I know the dragon could be cut by hand, but I'm sure it's otherwise. Since several are wondering --- and not to take away from the beauty of the image in any way; I enjoyed this surprise gift in the mailbox.

RosC said...

Even if it's a die cut of the traditional hand craft, it's very intricate and beautiful. It still tells of the craftsmanship before machines. Lovely surprise.
Ros.

Lyn S said...

What a beauty! The intricacy of the papercuts are amazing Carole! Lucky you to receive such a lovely gift!

MollyBeees said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!