The handicraft of vytynanka (a Slavic version of the art form of papercutting, popular in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine) is taught at Vileika ethnographic museum. The exhibition was organized together with Molodechno Music College named after M.K. Aginsky. It tells people about the ancient craft of the ancestors of Belarusians.
Windows would be decorated with paper-cut curtains during major celebrations. They would also be hung on walls instead of carpets.
As the years went by, vytynanky lost their household purposes and are a form of arts and crafts now.Visitors of the exhibition can see for themselves real paper masterpieces, and learn how to cut them out.
What is more, visitors are revealed a secret. It is vytynanky that unite Belarusian and Chinese cultures.
Nadezhda Audey, director of Vileika ethnographic Museum:
The history of vytynanka itself is associated with paper, and paper is China. The connection of the appearance of paper, which comes to us, the connection of the appearance of geometry, the connection of decorating houses with this paper, this connection exists.
The exhibition embodies the image of Belarusian culture.
The image of motherland, of annual celebrations, which were worshipped by the ancestors of Belarusians and which are celebrated today. These are also semantic images of spring, religious celebrations, and many other images which are associated with the modern development.