The history of Foshan paper cutting dates back to the Song Dynasty
(960-1234), prospered in the Ming (1364-1683) and the Qing
(1644-1912) dynasties. From the Ming Dynasty, Foshan paper cutting
was produced and sold in batches to all over the country and
Southeast Asian countries.
There are seven categories for Foshan paper cutting, namely bronze
lining, paper lining, bronze writing, silver writing, wood carving
chromatography, bronze chiseling and pure color according to the
making materials and methods.
In ancient times, paper cutting is mainly used in festive occasions
like traditional festival, sacrifices and weddings. It is also used
in the design of embroidery and carving patterns, production
trademark and so on. Nowadays, with the development of the society,
the traditional spirit of Foshan paper cutting has been well
preserved, and it has also carried out innovations, which enable
the art to be used in a more extensive areas.