Shaping a future for ancient craft

By LI YINGXUE | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-01-31 08:14
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Most of Liu Jinglan's works feature auspicious patterns, such as rabbits, fish, flowers and Chinese character fu. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Within a dozen seconds and using only a pair of scissors and a piece of paper, Liu Jinglan cuts out the shape of a rabbit. A few minutes later, she has finished, the rabbit's ears and body crisscrossed with ornate patterns. When the rabbit is pasted on the window, sun shines through the thin cuts, lighting it up.

To master paper-cutting, 68-year-old Liu has been practicing for six decades. She is an inheritor of Baotou-style paper-cutting, named after the city in Inner Mongolia autonomous region where it originated.

The style incorporates themes of nomadic grassland life, traditionally followed by the area's inhabitants, and has been designated a national-level intangible cultural heritage by the government, earmarking it for protection and development.

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