8 Sep 2009

Thing of the day: Papel Picado











Papel picado
is a particular style of paper-cutting with its own traditions. The art originated in pre-Columbian Mexico. Aztecs used mulbery and fig tree barks to make a rough paper called "amatl". The art blossomed when tissue paper became available. Papel picado artisans usually layer forty or fifty leaves of tissue and then punch designs with special chisels called "fierritos". Sheets of papel picado are hung along strings as banners called "banderitas". (from)

Traditional design adapted in new ways:














Papel Picado save the date cards from BG Design Studio available on Etsy





































Fantastic Papel Picado inspired dresses by Latin designer Ronaldo Fraga, via Ullabenulla

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