#madewithheart | Lowicz, Poland
HAND-CRAFTED IN POLAND
A traditional folk art of Poland and surrounding regions, Wycinanki utilises the most surprising of ordinary, everyday farm tools to create intricate, decorative paper art.
This form of paper art isn't merely cut-out, in fact the paper is folded cleverly and intricately to create designs that are cut by hand using sheep-shears! This unusual tool connects the craft to its folk roots and traditional rural context. Aesthetically the use of sheep shears gives the artwork a more jagged and imperfect finish to that which you would see from contemporary laser-cut or scissor-cut paper art and serves as a mark of authenticity.
Birds are a popular motif throughout Wycinanki designs, along with other inspirations from nature. Roosters, chickens and peacocks are most commonly depicted, with the rooster considered a symbol wealth, wisdom and fertility in Polish culture, and given as a gift brings good luck to the recipient.
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