Paper cutting, a traditional Chinese folk art, is part of China's rich cultural heritage. It was long considered an accomplishment for a young bride to be skilled in paper cutting, special patterns were passed down from generation to generation, and some families supplemented their incomes by selling their artwork.
Diane Feng takes the reader step-by-step through the techniques of paper cutting (which requires only the simplest equipment) in a series of photographs. Over 50 patterns are included in the book, some printed on coloured paper ready to be cut out. Other patterns can be photocopied, enlarged or reduced, and cut from the paper of your choice. Patterns range through the traditional to the modern to designs suitable for gift cards.