Thursday, July 7, 2011
WYCINANKA: "SIX ROOSTERS IN A TREE"
I had made this Wycinanka Polish Paper Cut in one color, the dark brown on light brown paper. After I had made it, I decided to add colors to the roosters and tree by making colored paper feathers, flowers, and other details. Many Wycinanki are made in only one color. They were used to decorate the walls and rafters of the houses. The earliest Wycinanki were made from sheep skins and cut with sheep sheers. The most important use of these cuttings was to cover the windows with lace-like designs, letting the light come through the holes and making the room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.