Jewish paper cutouts (known as 'Migzarot') are an hand-made Jewish art created in paper and are cut by hand up to a very fine details with rich graphic elements that can make lace out of paper. The artwork remains connected in a mesh form while all the graphic elements created by the artist are cut off the paper sheet. The paper cutout will usually be two-dimensional and represents a sort of silhouette of the collection of elements. This art is actually a type of paper sculpture by means of selectively discarding material. Paper cutout are made around the world by artists and are dealing with subjects such as health, luck or decoration, among which are the Jewish paper artists ,which are naturally influenced by Jewish religion and culture.
Jewish paper cutouts tell stories that are inspired by Jewish culture and life, Jewish festivals and themes from the tradition or the bible, and usually contain Jewish symbols and motifs from the Jewish tradition. These scenes, which are cut together into a beautiful and harmonious silhouette show decorative symbols like pomegranate leaves and fruits of the seven species, fig trees and vine leaves, flower decorations and other decorations. All of these are symbols of Judaism known to us from the Jewish synagogues and Jewish traditions. The artwork results with an amazing pieces full of details and extensive use of decorated texts and wording from the Jewish literature, the Torah and more. Jewish paper cutouts are also in use for house decoration, as ornaments for 'sukkot' , mentioning holidays such as 'Purim', 'Shavuot' and 'Simchat Torah'. Jewish paper cutouts are also commemorating special events such as housewarming, marriage ceremony ('Ketuba'). Modern cuttings based on Jewish cuttings can contain graphics in the spirit of the history and culture of the State of Israel. Paper cutouts can be symmetrical or asymmetrical in structure and be made in different sizes.
Jewish paper cutouts with Laser cutting
As the technology progresses, hand-made cuttings are replaced today with laser cutting machines, creating each detail much faster, more accurate and with ultra high reproducibility so getting identical copies of the same design is not an issue. Advanced Laser cut technology along with selecting high-quality paper and rich graphic design will yield impressive results up to levels that can not be reached with any other technology and not even by an artist hand. Besides, the laser cut technology reduce the cost significantly, making the products more accessible for many. Paper cutouts can be cut in any size, from miniature postcards that are few centimeters in its dimensions to several meters of artwork. The world of paper cuttings also inspires the world of wedding invitations that can be designed and made with a similar technique. Laser technology enables the production of complete wedding invitations collections that have its special style and contain repeating motifs to enhance unity.
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