- Sanjhi is the ancient art of hand-cutting intricate designs on paper, originating from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
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- Discarded items including newspaper, string, rubber bands are recycled to create toys.
- The toymaker creates a number of different playthings such as kites, puppets, string-manipulated toys, rattles, drums, damrus and whistles, moving toys like windwheels, animal toys like the jumping snake, mystery boxes, and jack-in-the-box kind of toys.
- Indian craftsmen also produce a wide variety of decorative and utilitarian items by using plain, white and coloured papers.
- During festivals and marriages the craftsmen make exquisitely beautiful paper-cut flowers and varied colorful items that are used for decoration.
- A stencil is a piece of paper, plastic or metal which has a design cut out of it.
- When the stencil is placed on a surface and paint applied over it, the paint goes through the cut out portions and leaves a design on the surface when the stencil is removed.
- During Muharram a model of the tomb of Imam Hussain called the Tazia is adorned with floral designs made out of coloured papers.
- In Poland people use paper-cuts of the ‘Tree of Life’, guarded by two cocks.
- The Mexicans use cut-paper flags with designs of planets, plants and a repetitive border with triangles that symbolise male and female energies.
In China, peasants have developed paper–cuts into a rich individual popular art. The paper cuts are stuck on walls or window-panes of their cottages and changed frequently.