Reyzele Paper lacework Form 11-a Malik Katherine Adviser : Iryna Fridman
HistoryEveryone knows, that the first sheet of paper was invented in China (2 century B.C.) and the first ornament, that was clipped off of paper had also appeared there. However, only magnates could afford this kind of ornament, because paper wasn’t a cheap material.In the 7-th century B.C. the art of paper cutting began to spread abroad. Firstly, it came to Japan and then, along the Silk Road to other countries of Eurasia.This art has very fast and became native in some countries. In 19-20 century, when it was very easy to get paper, literally in every village in houses (on the walls, ceilings, windows) you could see the ornaments, cut from paper. They had Poland different names everywhere.Ukraine – vitinankiRussia – virezankiBelarus – vitsepiankiChina – TszianchjiLithuania – popieriaus karpiniaiPoland - wycinanka Japan
The NameReyzele – translated from Yiddish means “rosette”Rose (shoshana) is one of the symbols of Jewish nation. The love to God is often called rose. The beloved girl is also often called a rose. And in those times, when the Jewish population of Western Europe took over the art of clipping off of paper, the girls mostly were doing it. Here is the connection. California, the end of ХХ century
SymbolicsIf something from other nations appears in Jewish culture, this something never ever can break the canons of Jewish tradition.For example, there is a taboo on picturing human being, on Reyzele you’ll never see it. It is clear, that the bunch of grapes, from the Promised Land was carried by people, not by Philippine monkeys, but when you can’t picture people – you turn to animals.
Each time Jewish masters take something from the surrounding nations, they try to add something own. The symbol of New Zealand is a small bird kiwi. In this Reyzele the New Zealand and Jewish culture are connected. We can understand it from the seven-branched candlestick (menorah), typical symbol of Israel.
Master-classYou’ll need: Fold the paper twiceA piece of coloured paperA piece of black paper (or just dark) Paint whatever we will paint. TheA knife for paper (stationery main thing is that knife will do it) details must be connected, anothA pencil er way they will simply drop out.
Cut the painted part. Unwrap Put the glue on the piece of black paper. It is best to use a glue stick. We put the glue on the Reyzele, because otherwise it will live the prints on the black paper.