Gives an all-round introduction to Chinese folk papercuts - their origin, history, characteristics, themes and uses. It also explains the methods and techniques of papercutting, instruments and materials, as well as the mounting and preservation of papercuts. This book also gives a general appraisal of the differing papercut styles and their place in art, and hence is a valuable resource for specialists and researchers as well as for lovers of papercuts in general. The colourful illustrations and plates in this book are all outstanding examples selected from over 1000 pieces by specialists, scholars and veteran craftsmen throughout China. Few books on this subject have such detail and beauty. Text and captions are bilingual (Chinese and English).