Friday, 3 February 2012

Papel Picado, (Perforated Paper)

When I was researching into Mexican art and Festivals, I came across Papel Picado, when translated is Perforated Paper, and they are decretive cut outs made from different coloured papers, usually tissue paper. This craft started as folk art and is used as holiday and festival decoration in many countries. Themes often include flowers, birds and skulls, and are often displayed for religious occasions such as Easter, Day of the Dead and Christmas, but they are also created for special occasions like weddings and christenings.
It original origins were from Chinese paper cuttings, but because of travel and new techniques from different countries and cultures,  paper cutting became popular in Mexico and other countries, worldwide. They are intricate and delicate pieces all made from hand, making each one unique and different from each other.

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