As paper became more affordable, paper-cutting became one of the most important types of Chinese folk art. Later, this art form spread to other parts of the world, with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. People glued the papercuts to the exterior of windows, so the light from the inside would shine through the negative space of the cutout.
The history of Asian art or Eastern art , includes a vast range of influences from various cultures and religions. Developments in Asian art historically parallel those in Western art , in general a few centuries earlier. Buddhist art originated in the Indian subcontinent in the centuries following the life of the historical Gautama Buddha in the 6th to 5th century BCE, before evolving through its contact with other cultures and its diffusion through the rest of Asia and the world.