Papel picado (pierced paper) and papel cortado (cut paper) are forms of Mexican folk art with origins dating back to the Aztecs. The Aztecs made a coarse paper out of mulberry and fig tree bark and pulp called amatl. Today papel picado is made by cutting and stacking tissue paper and using a chisel to cut the intricate design.
Papel cortado can be made by folding tissue paper and cutting out shapes with scissors. Unfolding reveals the delicate symmetry. Gluing the pieces to a string allows them to be hung up for decorations.
Magic Windows/Ventanas Magicas by by Carmen Lomas Garza
Making Magic Windows by Carmen Lomas Garza
Mexican Papercutting by Kathleen Trenchard
Papel Picado/Punched Paper by Dani Sneed & Josie Fonseca