Meet the vendor!

Meet the vendor!

Ray Tan Aik Leng, a second-generation Malaysian whose grandfather came over from China, is one of the few people still making traditional paper-cuttings by hand.

Nine Fish Chinese Paper-Cutting

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One of a Kind!

Destination: Malacca, Malaysia

Now here’s a paper-cut that won’t have you running to get a band-aid! Used both for ceremonial and decorative purposes, Chinese paper-cuttings are most often seen around the New Year. This one features nine fish swimming amongst lotus flowers, a classic symbol of wealth, as the word for “fish” and “abundance” are the same in Chinese. We purchased it from our friend Ray Tan Aik Leng, a second-generation Malaysian, whose grandfather came over from China.


Before Ray Tan Aik Leng (“Ah Long” or “Dragon” to his friends) became a master paper-cutter, he sold t-shirts at a boutique, did some woodworking, and got greasy at a mechanic’s shop. He saved up for years to open ... Read More

Details and Dimensions

12 x 12"

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