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Papel Picado

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Hunter Stratton

on 5 November 2014

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Transcript of Papel Picado

The Aztec's paper cutting techniques went through a great change when the Spanish arrived. They had new tools to use and later on began using Chinese tissue as well. Papel picado designs were originally quite simple. It wasn't until it began gaining great popularity that the complexity of the designs increased to what it is today.

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.

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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.
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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.
"Punched Paper"
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