CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE OPEN DAYS: Chinese Paper Cutting!
Have a go at Chinese Paper Cutting!
- Confucius Institute
- Friday 14 April 2023, 11:30–13:30
Every Friday, the Confucius Institute at Bangor University will open its doors to the public to learn about the Chinese language and culture. These Open Days are simply to drop in and learn something new, so you don’t have to stay for the full two hours.
This week our focus is on Chinese Paper Cutting!
As paper became more affordable, papercutting became one of the most important types of Chinese folk art. As the cut-outs are often used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to as 窗花; chuāng huā, "window flowers" or "window paper-cuts". These cut-paper decorations are often glued to the exterior of windows so the light from the inside shines through the cut-out. Usually, the artworks are made of red paper, as red is associated with festivities and happiness in Chinese culture, but other colours are also used. Normally cut-paper artwork is used for festivals such as the Chinese New Year, weddings and childbirth, as cut-paper artwork is considered to symbolize luck and happiness.
Come and try it!