Chinese Paper Cuttings
May 15, 2023
Chinese Paper Cuttings is a kind of folk art that uses scissors or carving knives to cut and carve patterns on paper to decorate life or cooperate with other folk activities. In China, Paper Cuttings has a broad mass base, blends into the social life of people of all ethnic groups, and is an important part of various folk activities. Its continuous visual image and styling format contain rich cultural and historical information, expressing the social cognition, moral concepts, practical experience, life ideals, and aesthetic taste of the general public. It has multiple social values such as cognition, education, ideographic expression, lyricism, entertainment, and communication.
On May 20, 2006, Paper Cuttings art heritage was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage lists.  At the fourth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO held from September 28 to October 2, 2009, the Chinese Paper Cuttings project declared by China was included in the "Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".