Papel picado, or perforated paper, is a form of traditional Mexican artwork celebrating the Day of the Dead. This stunning and haunting form of artwork depicts the deceased using tissue paper and scissors or sharp chisels. Colored or metallic tissue paper may be used to create these exceptionally detailed designs honoring the dead.
Chances are you have created papel picado before. Remember making snowflakes out of paper in grade school? That, my friends, is papel picado.
Implications - The Mexican festival of the Days of the Dead has the honor of having the most amount papel picados made specifically for the occasion. The papel picado banners are perfect for a festival because they are colorful and exuberant. Other designs are made, but none are as popular as the papel picado.
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