The art of paper-cutting originated in China and it can date back to the second century C.E. since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. Chinese Paper Cutting also named Jianzhi (剪纸); as paper became more affordable, paper-cutting became to one of the important art styles in Chinese folk culture and the art form later spread to other parts of the world with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. Because the cut outs are always used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to "chuāng huā" (窗花), meaning Window Flower. People glued the art on the exterior of the windows and the light can go through the negative space of the cutout. The artist most often use red paper to make artwork, but they also use colored-paper to collage. Normally paper-cutting artwork use on the festivals like spring festivals, weddings, childbirth; the paper-cutting always symbolizes luck and happiness.
Each of our cards are made individually and takes sometimes hours of work. It results in a product that is elegant and unique. When you see a paper cut card for the first time you can understand why traditional greeting cards do not sell very well in China.
Handmade to Provide Employment
One of the reasons we love to handmake these cards is that we want to provide fun employment for those who can't find employment. We believe that creating truly beautiful cards empowers people to not just want a handout but it gives them meaningful work.