A hand-made by a master of Polish handicraft and uniqually framed traditional Łowicz paper cut-outis the Pearl of the Central Region. A special attention is drawn to extraordinary play of shapes and colours – its rich ornamentation is characteristic for Łowicz paper cut-out which is created by gluing consecutive elements of the pattern on top of one another. The mastery of creation of this Lowicz cut out is additionally brought out by an original way of framing - the cut out is fitted in a double windowpane, which enables to completely present the cut out- including its back side allowing to show its elaborate execution. The round-shaped paper cut-out is fitted in a square frame, which additionally creates an interesting play of shapes, constituting an original decorative element. The frame is equipped with a loop which enables it to be hung.
The presented paper cut-out is a typical example of a classical Łowicz star – one of the two most popular paper cutouts in Łowicz Region. It is a symmetrical composition filled with vegetable motifs.
A cutout is a colourful picture made of paper, created by intricate cutting. It is one of the most characteristic elements of Polish folk art. Nowhere, apart from Poland, the variety of paper cutouts is so large. Paper cutouts developed in mid-19th century, mainly in central and eastern Poland, and were one of the most important forms of house decoration.
It is possible that cutouts were inspired by stars sticked to windows in Jewish houses. Cutouts were made by women: they used paper bought from travelling salesmen. They were inspired by nature and their imagination. It is interesting that cutouts are made on the spot, without drawing a model first. Initially, they were cut with sheep scissors, held by blades to use the energy of flexible steel.
Cutout style developed in Central Poland was slightly different from the style in the eastern part of the country. Here it is not only shape that is important, but also the colour. Lowicz cutout is a composition of 5, 7, or even 10 colours. "Gwiozda" and "Kodra" are the most important types. They are made by gluing consecutive layers of elements. "Gwiozda" is a symmetrical composition, filled with floral motives: trees mainly, sometimes also birds. "Kodra" is a rectangular cutout, often showing scenes from everyday life. In the past "Kodra" was attached to ceiling beams as a decoration. Today also it may beautifully decorate your house.
Mrs Helena had started her cutout handicraft in the age of 14. Her master was Mr Zdzislaw Pągowski - a demanding teacher, who used to advise her how an authentic Lowicz cutout should look like. He encouraged to develop her own style and to stick to it.
Mrs Helena’s works are famous not only in Poland, but also abroad: in the USA, Netherlands, Belgium, in Italy or France.
What makes our cutouts special? It is not only originality and masterwork of this handicraft, but also individually selected to each cutout frame and background by a professional framing studio. An appropriate composition of a frame and a background strengthens beauty of this handicraft and gives an unparalleled effect. This is how a cutout becomes a picture fitting to the most demanding interiors.
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