Hanfu meets paper-cutting at primary school

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Students from Naoma Primary School in the Xinghualing district of Taiyuan, Shanxi province, present a hanfu show at a school sports meet. [Photo/VCG]

Recently, a group of students from the Naoma Primary School in Xinghualing district of Taiyuan, Shanxi province gave a special hanfu show — using the traditional Chinese style of clothing — at a sports meet.

The clothes, made of paper cuttings, were created by Wu Wenxiu and her students.

The 54-year-old math teacher at the school has shown great interest in paper-cutting since her childhood, and now she integrated the skills into her teaching — for example, using principles of paper cutting in her math lessons.

Around four years ago, Wu and her students began to make cut paper hanfu in their spare time. So far, they have created more than 40 pieces of paper clothing items, 10 of which were presented at the sports meet.

"It typically takes at least 10 days to finish a work, including designing, cutting shapes and sewing," Wu said. "I hope the performance can make more people understand and gain an interest in the traditional art and that the culture can be passed on from generation to generation."

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