Mexican Artist Cut Banners

 

Paper cutting and making dates back millennia in Mexico when the indigenous used to cut processed mulberry bark, grasses and ficus bark paper using black and green obsidian blades to create the patterns as well as weaving techniques. They also used paper to record their history in writing on it and their history in pictures as well.

The Spanish banned the making of local paper and destroyed almost all written history. With further trade arrived the so called Black Galleons of Manila known by that name as part of their cargo was slaves. On board also was Chinese tissue paper wrapped around china. So the indigenous Mexicans re-commenced cutting paper albeit a new variety though they were now banned from writing.

Mexicans in the present cut a bundle of tissue or plastic at a time using a sharp chisel. Fine string and sometimes finely stranded polyester is used to string the flags together. The flags on fine string twine look particularly delicate. Good ones are finely cut and nicely top hemmed with interesting and delicate figuration.

The Mexican Embassy purchased it's Mexican bunting from Holy Kitsch not long after we first opened.

It is interesting that most Pacific rim countries have developed paper making. What is most likely is that through trade and migration from the Americas manufacturing techniques were spread and developed further unbeknownst to Western Europeans who used papyrus and vellum. Mexico has great knowledge in paper making and papier måché and word would have quickly spread. 

 Cut paper flags cast wonderful shadows.