Expressing the Chinese spirit in cut-outs

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-08-21 16:50
Jiao Wenjun shows one of his paper-cuts to visitors in Beijing, Aug 18, 2018. [Photo by Wang Qiao/chinadaily.com.cn]

Twenty enthusiasts of traditional Chinese paper-cutting (or jianzhi 剪纸) worked under the wing of Beijing-based master Jiao Wenjun in Beijing on Saturday.

Jiao, an 87-year-old retired military veteran, is a paper-cutting star in Beijing. While his incredibly intricate, lace-like works often deal with contemporary topics, his style and aesthetics are rooted in his attachment to the country.

Taking up the craft as a hobby, he received his first paper-cutting prize in the army in the 1950s. After retirement he began voluntarily teaching paper-cutting to those who were interested, attracting people from all walks of life, from primary school students to civil officials.

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