the lost art of Jianzhi and Kirigami

Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi is the first type of paper cutting design, since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. The art form later spread to other parts of the world with different regions adopting their own cultural styles.

From the 7th to 13th century, paper cutting became popular especially during Chinese holiday festivals. The art spread to the rest of the world in the 14th century.

During the 17th through 19th centuries of the Edo period, Kirigami became a refined art form. Kiri (to cut) Gami (to fold) was widely used in Chinese and Japanese Buddhist temples as offerings to the gods. Today we see many forms of Kirigami used in children’s pop-up books, greeting cards and even commercial brochures.

The Perennial Moments™ collection is a tribute to the artform by making it possible for anyone to create a unique piece of art. Designed by renowned designer, architect, artist and renaissance man Ellis Paguirigan, the Perennial Moments™ collection is a like a Haiku, “...capturing the beauty of a simple moment like a flower blossoming, a butterfly floating or seeing a hummingbird at the first sign of spring...”

We hope you offer someone in your life a special gift from the heart by hand-making them a beautiful Kirigami. 


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