Paper-cutting, an ancient art of cutting patterns using ordinary paper, started in China around 600 A.D. The cutting, usually using a scissor or a knife, was originally reserved for rituals only. However, people soon began to use them for decorating windows and as patterns for embroidery.
Fans of traditional Chinese paper-cutting, must visit the Du Yi Ge store in the Chaoyang district. The store is the largest of its kind in China, selling an amazing variety of paper cuttings from different provinces. Much of Du Yi Ge¡¯s patterns and techniques cannot be found anywhere else, as most paper-cutting techniques have been lost through the years. Their patterns range from sceneries, flowers, to animals and figures. The best work is called Xi Xiang Ji, depicting a renowned romance folk tale often used for operas. The set of 8 paper-cuttings showing various scenes of the loving story. It is the most expensive item in the store at RMB 880. For smaller designs, prices start at RMB 30.
The owner speaks a little English, and is a paper cutting expert herself. So feel free to ask any question relating to paper cutting.
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