Papercutting, paper-cut, scissor-cut, Jian zhi, or 剪紙, is a traditional style of papercutting in China. Jian zhi has been practiced in China since at least the 6th century A.D. Jian zhi cut outs for have a number of distinct uses in Chinese culture, almost all of which are for health, prosperity or decorative purposes. Red is the most commonly used color. Jianzhi cuttings often have a heavy emphasis on Chinese characters symbolizing the Chinese Zodiac animals.
This papercutting set features 16 patterns that illustrate the unique lifestyles and customs in the Northeast part of China.