Bernalillo County will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by holding two workshops in October with internationally known papel picado artist Catalina Delgado Trunk.
Papel Picado is the Mexican craft of paper cut into elaborate designs.
The county will host two FREE papel picado workshops with Delgado Trunk in October - the first is Sat. Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space Educational Center, 9521 Rio Grande NW and the second is Sat. Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Cultural Services by calling 468-1279. All materials will be provided.
The Mexican art of papel picado has its roots from European, Asian, and Pre-Columbian artistic traditions.
Traditionally, the art of making papel picado has been passed from generation to generation.
The Aztecs used mulberry and fig tree barks to make a rough paper called Amatl.
When tissue paper became available, artisans usually layer 40 to 50 layers of tissue and punch designs into them using fierritos, a type of chisel.
The technique of hand cut paper is traced to the 18th century when paper was imported to Mexico from China.
The word for tissue paper in Spanish is Papel China literally translated as “Chinese paper.”
Papel picado spread throughout Mexico and from there to the United States and Europe in the 1960s.