Sunday Evening Art Gallery Blog — Jewish Paper Cutting

Jewish paper cutting is a traditional form of Jewish folk art made by cutting figures and sentences in paper or parchment.

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It is connected with various customs and ceremonies, and associated with holidays and family life.

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Paper cuts often decorated ketubbot (marriage contracts), Mizrahs, and ornaments for festive occasions, and works of art.

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Paper cutting was practiced by Jewish communities in both Eastern Europe and North Africa and the Middle East for centuries and has seen a revival in modern times in Israel and elsewhere.

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Today, Jewish papercut art has grown in popularity beyond ritual items to art and expressions of Jewish faith, not only in Israel but worldwide.

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The sacredness of this ancient art is evident in the precise drawing and cutting of each piece.

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It was truly an exquisite form of art even the poor could do.

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though in the past few decades the art form has seen a veritable renaissance in Israel, with artists really pushing the medium to its thematic and technical limits.

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Examples of this fantastic hand-cut art can be found at  http://www.judaicpapercuts.com/,

http://www.papercutjudaica.com/ and http://www.nanrubin.net/, among others.

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