Playing With & For The Community
Chinese Paper-cutting is a unique Chinese handicraft. Originated from the 6th century when it was common for the women to attach golden and silver foil cuttings onto their hair and the men to use them during religious rituals, it has then moved on to be used for decorative purposes during festivals.
SCYA kick-started the month of February with a beginner’s workshop on Chinese Paper-cutting at Kampong Chai Chee Community Centre, nestled in a peaceful area at Bedok North. The rather quiet lazy Sunday morning was livened up by unique individuals; enthusiastic aunties – they brought their own paper-cutting materials and actually taught us a little ‘something-something’ about paper cutting as well – soft-spoken ladies who have a quiet talent for paper-cutting, and young children who are just keen on learning this Chinese handicraft for the coming Chinese New Year.
We prepared a few simple templates for them to choose from and work on, and we allowed some creative freedom for them to improvise on the designs of the template. From just 2 hours of this workshop, we got to see some pretty results, even from the newbies!
SCYA always finds it essential to inculcate values through the appreciation and practice of the arts. For this Chinese Paper-cutting workshop, our focus is on strengthening cultural values and preservation within the community. We love it that during this festive season, Chinese families and communities still maintain the discipline to put up Chinese decorations in their homes and public spaces. In an ever-progressing society that is evidently westernized, it is essential that the respective cultures that make Singapore what she is remain distinctive and alive.
With that, SCYA wishes all of our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year! We hope everyone would focus more on the significance and the festivities of this New Year (rather than how big your ang bao will be – excuse you).