Paper-cutting, also known as paper-carving, is among the oldest styles of folk art of the Han people in China. As a hollow-out art, paper-cutting gives the eye a hollow-out feeling and artistic enjoyment, carried by flakes of materials, like paper, gold and silver foil, bark, cloth, leather.
In recent years, Labagoumen Manchu Ethnic Township, Jiuduhe Town in Huairou District have been focusing on the protection of paper-cutting as an item of the intangible cultural heritage, employing Professor Wei Wen’e from Fengning and Professor Zhang Xiaolin from Beijing in succession to give lessons on the history, current situation and techniques of paper-cutting from the Manchu Ethnic Group. Students who knew only basic facts on paper-cutting got to know the subjects, paper texture and color collocation, constantly improving their paper-cutting skills.
Thanks to its rich and strong traditional features, paper-cutting works of art boasts remarkably high market potential, one piece selling for 1 to 5 yuan. The majority of women in the mountainous villages not only gets into paper-cutting, but also has created over 300 new designs for paper-cutting, forming the latest fad of every family engaged in paper-cutting in the slack winter season.