Paper Lace Cutting
Paper lace cutting is a decorative form of art that produces designs in a
unique but simple way.
The designs are created by a distribution of void and solid areas that often come out in
form of thin lines that remind us of lace work. This book about this art is produced in
the hope of popularizing this art that often produces much more charming designs than so
called "abstract" art. Paper lace cutting have a compositional balance that can
be appreciated by any one, even by a child or an unsophisticated person. The so-called
"abstract" art pieces are crowed about only in a society where people very often
hypocritically want to show that they are elites. The Universal appeal of this art has
broadened its base.
So considering the level of enjoyment that a piece of art can give to the viewer and to
the artist, paper lace cutting very often supersedes the so-called "abstract"
forms of art.
The compositional balance of lace cutting designs are comparatively much free flowing and
pleases very eye. This mass appeal in the arrangement of space and solids of paper lace
cutting forms disperses with the sham hiprocracey of "form breaking" dogma.
The compositional balance is produced not only in repeating the fields but also in the
skill with which the cuts are made on the folded sheets. Very often nature produces the
same compositional balances in multidimensional aspects.
To quote just a few examples- snow flakes produce astonishingly complicated designs when
seen in a magnified way. The leaves and their venation system, the natural designs of the
branches, waves on water and ripples on sand dunes, all produce Symmetry and design
without disturbing the basic harmony.
As no form of art can go beyond its physical form in its material existence, while its
metaphysical form or "Rasa" remains abstract, the overloaded explanations for
incompetence in the name of "abstract art is nothing but a myth.
That myth has never been accepted by general mass of humanity who appreciate many
sophisticated traditional forms, and this mass appreciation is reflected in the vastness,
diversity of folk motifs all over this planet.
Paper lace cutting, being an accepted form of folk motif playing with odd shapes that
depend on their compositional excellency for success, has made its place not only in the
cultural aspect of many oriental and occidental lands, but also in the heart of millions
through out the ages.
Lace cutting in paper are made in many parts of the world, especially far Eastern
In modern times, western world has also seen a number of lace cutting forms that grade
from simple to semi-complicated.
Generally, the lace cutting depict regional characters and style. The interesting point
about lace cutting art is that flourish in the Oriental region, concentrate on motifs
inspired by the tradition of that area while western forms reflect designs that are more
readily acceptable to western or westernised persons.
Indian paper lace cutting is certainly one of the best in the world in, both figurative
and decorative styles.
This is a decorative art and is used to decorate rooms and religious places in many
occasions and ceremonies.
This art has existed for many years, in various folk forms. The joys and festive laughter
of common man form the basic of appreciation of the form of art that appeals with a
harmony of shapes and contours.
Children from early age may start making these paper laces and are likely to create
complicated forms as they mature in age and concept. Cheap to produce art, which is a good
past time too, has enhanced the school days of many a child and has helped in developing
his or her imagination and neuro-muscular co-ordination.
I very well remember the joy I felt when I beheld a beautiful huge paper lace cutting work
hanging in the "Pandal" of Durga Puja in Hedua Park in Calcutta.
The way that piece of work was displayed was really astounding. It was suspended in midair
with very fine thread and fixed in such a way with long threads that it remained as if
suspended in midair.
The effect of repeated designs in paper lace cutting work in often Kaleidoscopic.
Very often it is possible by using various methods of folding to produce designs of
I never personally draw any lines before making the cuts required in the lace work. In
fact it is not customary in India to mark with pencil or otherwise before making the cuts
before cutting in paper. Paper is first folded in various forms and then snips are made
with a sharp pair of scissors.
Then it is spread out showing a symmetry of design. Finer touches may be added with a
sharp cutting blade.
One must let his or her imagination play freely when making the cuts and the result is
very often thrilling indeed.
The Art of Paper Lace Cutting
by Prabal Pramanik
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