中国剪纸，又叫刻纸，是中国汉族最古老的民间艺术之一，它的历史可 追朔到公元6世纪。民间也称为“窗花”或“剪画”，区别在于创作时， 有的用刻刀，有的用剪刀，虽然工具有别，但创作出来的艺术作品基本 相同，人们统称为剪纸。剪纸是一种镂空艺术，其在视觉上给人以透空 的感觉和艺术享受。其载体可以是纸张、金银箔、树皮、树叶、布、皮、 革等片状材料。其特点主要表现在空间观念的二维性，刀味纸
The Chinese paper-cut, also called paper carvings, is one of the most ancient Folk Arts.It can date back to the 6th century. It is known as “window decoration” in some places.The Chinese people creat paper-cut by knifes or scissors. The art works created by different tools are basically the same,and collectively called “paper-cut”. The paper-cut is an art of hollowing,transferring visual feelings and artistic enjoyments to us.the flaky materials such as paper,foil,bark,cloth,leather,leaf and skin can be the carriers of paper-cut.Its traits mainly express two-dimensional spatial concept and the combination of paper and scissors,line and decoration,reality and analogy.
According to region,the Chinese paper-cut can be classified into northern paper-cut and southern paper-cut.
The northern paper-cut is famous for concise style and boldness. The southern paper-cut is known as complex and exquisite composition. According to cutting method,the Chinese paper-cut can be classified into paper-cut and paper carvings.
According to colour,the Chinese paper-cut can be be classified into monochrome paper-cut and colorful paper-cut.