Chinese paper cutting is a very distinctive visual art of Chinese handicrafts. It originated 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. Later, they were used during festivals to decorate gates and windows. As paper became more affordable, Chinese paper cutting became one of the most important types of Chinese folk art.
Chinese paper cutting can be used for decoration, given as gifts, and are regarded as lucky. Traditional Chinese paper cutting often showed celebrations, weddings and feasts, but now all sorts of motifs are used.