Papel Picado

July 3, 2005

Papel Picado (perforated paper) is the Mexican art of cut paper banners. Papel Picado are usually cut with sharp fierritos (small chisels) from as many as fifty layers of colored tissue paper at a time. Designs may incorporate lattice-work, images of human and animal figures, flowers, and lettering. Many papel picado are made especially for the Mexican festival of the Days of the Dead and include skeletal figures engaged in the everyday activities of the living. San Salvador Huixcolotla, Puebla, is the village most noted in Mexico for the art of paper- cutting both for local festivals and marketing in Mexico City and abroad.

*SOURCE: North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts website – (cc) by nc nd 2017 MOMO