Wycinanki is the Polish art of paper cutting. Styles vary by region and the multicoloured layers of paper are a distinctive feature of pieces from the area of Lowicz in central Poland. The finely honed designs were often made using sheep shearing scissors. Paper cut-outs served as inexpensive decorations in Polish homes and were sometimes fixed directly to the walls. The work was usually done on winter evenings so that they could be replaced each spring when the homes were whitewashed. Anna Chmielowicz, who created this piece, learned the craft after her arrival in Canada in 1949.
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