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Transcript of Papel Picado
Papel Picado came from a similar practice of the Aztec Civilization. The Aztecs used the crushed bark of fig and mulberry trees to make a rough paper, called
, and would then cut designs into it using an obsidian knife. These
, the design of which was usually one of their gods, were used as decorations for the Aztecs' festivals.
Hunter Stratton, Javier Chávez,
Kyle Tolar, Cody Goddard, Pedro Salazar, and Edmond Brager
Papel picado is often used on holidays and important occasions. It is also used alongside altars on the Day of the Dead, especially in Mexico.
Catalina Delgado Trunk
Papel Picado in other Countries
The process of making paper designs had previously been exposed to Spain through trade with China where it spread to other European Countries. In Germany it was known as scherenschnitte, in Poland wycinanki and in France silhouettes.