Traditional Polish folk-art

Wycinanki (pron. Vee-chee-non-kee) – Polish word for intricate paper-cuts

Just when and why this art form began to flower in Poland seems a matter of some uncertainty.

Some say it goes back to the time when few farm houses had glass windows. To keep out the elements, peasant farmers hung sheep skins over the window openings. Then, to let in some light and air, they took their sheep shears and snipped small openings in the skins, and these were soon recognized as decorative as well as functional.

Mostly the well‐known traditional styles of Wycinanki come from two districts:

  1. Kurpie — usually a symmetrical design, cut from a single piece of coloured paper, folded a single time, and
  2. Lowicz — Idistinguished by the many layers of brightly coloured paper used in its composition.

Traditionally symmetrical in design and distinguished by the region of Poland in which they are created.

Usually inspired by beliefs & nature, depicting spruce & flowering trees, rosettes, lilies, birds & people.

The unique richness of traditional Polish paper‐cutouts is a special contribution to the artistic heritage of the world.