Craft Enthusiasts Break World Record for Mass Paper-cutting

July 3, 2018  Editor: Xie Wen

World record authorities declared an activity held in Horinger County, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as "the world's largest paper-cutting event" on May 26.

Some 626 people including paper-cutting art lovers from all walks of life, participated in the event. Among them, the oldest was 97, and the youngest was six.

Horinger was named by the Ministry of Culture of China as the "hometown of Chinese folk art of paper-cutting" in 2003, and the local paper-cutting art was included in a list of national intangible cultural heritages in 2008.

Duan Jianjun, a representative of the craft, explained that: "Horinger County's folk paper-cutting has a long history. Scissors from the Tang Dynasty (618-906) and the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) were unearthed here.

"The art of paper-cutting has become a way of life for laborers who are mainly engaged in farming culture and nomadic culture, which reflects the unique ethnic customs of the northern region."

Duan added that the promotional activity allowed people of all generations to participate together. At the same time, it also integrated the innovations of ancient and modern Chinese, and foreign elements, into paper-cut creation.

Wang Pengrui, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Inner Mongolia Art Academy, has been dedicated to the study of traditional folk art. He said: "Horinger County's paper-cutting has extended to the masses and perfectly blends traditional inheritance of art into modern life."

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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