Folk art even the poorest folk could create
Being true folk creations, Jewish papercuts were made for a closed group or society. Just as Chinese or Mexican papercuts and Turkish or Greek shadow theater figures are unmistakable and can be spotted at a glance among any international selection of cut-out work, so traditional Jewish papercuts are also readily identifiable--not only because of specifically Jewish symbols and inscriptions, but also by their special character. And this is true despite any non-Jewish influences.
Did you like this article? MyJewishLearning is a not-for-profit organization.