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Seychelles students benefit from training of Chinese instructor in paper-cutting workshop

Seychelles students benefit from training of Chinese instructor in paper-cutting workshop ( The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism&Culture recently organized a 9-day paper-cutting workshop in the context of its cultural cooperation with China.

During the nine days, paper-cutting instructor and facilitator, Mrs. Tian Yanlan, taught this skill to participants from the different primary and secondary schools and also the School of Visual Arts.

The workshop was aimed at teaching, improving, and providing advanced paper-cutting skills to the participants and follows a previous paper-cutting workshop held in November 2011 by Chinese expert in this domain, Miss Chen Yangrong.

Mrs. Tian Yanlan explained that paper-cutting is a very distinctive visual art of Chinese handicrafts originating from the 6th century when women used to paste golden and silver foil cuttings onto their hair at the temples, and men used them in sacred rituals. The main cutting tools are simple: paper and scissors or an engraving knife, but clever and deft craftspeople are remarkably good at cutting in the theme of daily life.

She also said that it is easy to learn about cutting a piece of paper, but it is very difficult to master it with perfection as one must grasp the knife in an upright fashion and press evenly on the paper with some strength. Flexibility, she also said, is required and that any hesitation or wiggling will lead to imprecision or damage the whole image.

The workshop has been made possible by the joint collaboration of the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism&Culture and the Chinese Embassy in Seychelles.

PHOTO: School of Visual Arts students / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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