The exact origin of paper quilling
is not known, but the art is very old. Some sources suggest that
it was practiced by the ancient Egyptians who were well known
for their decorative work in precious metals.
Paper quilling was not a major
art form. So there is limited documentation about it.
Quilling is also called or known as paper filigree. Filigree has
been found on ancient Greek and Egyptian tombs. During that ancient
time (fourth and fifth centuries), quilling was done with fine
wire or metal. The art of rolling paper was first developed to
copy the gold and silver filigree work by the nuns of European
monasteries to embellish religious plaques and relics. They were
often painted gold to resemble metal filigree work.
Quilling or paper filigree is
the art of rolling, shaping and bending thin strips of paper into
delicate looking shapes and using these pieces to form a design.
A quilled work can never be exactly duplicated from piece to piece
because the styles of quillwork vary from artist to artist, in
the same way as painting does.
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