running with scissors

going on a virtual round world trip looking at papercuts...

we found them in china where they have been practised since the invention of paper, cut with a combination of scissors and knives and hand colored they were originally crafted by noble women during visits with friends...

we found out that in the middle ages european jewish homes were festooned with papercuts which were used to ward off evil spirits, and keep children and pregnant women safe.

and in poland where folk art continues to flourish we found a wealth of hand colored animal motifs... a favourite of which is the rooster.

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