Paper Mahjong




Paper Mahjong is a complete set of mahjong built from paper. In order to create the entire set of tiles, however, one needs to invest a solid fifteen hours in the project, drawing attention to the otherwise overlooked labor behind cultural souvenirs.

For the exhibition Project Mah Jongg at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Paper Mahjong celebrates “the shared friendship between Chinese and Jewish culture particularly here in America, exploring how both games and craft foster community, collaboration, relaxation, and companionship.”

How you two can make your own Paper Mahjong Set!

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Step 1: Download the PDF

The PDF has all of the files for your paper mahjong set. You will need to print and make copies of the tiles. There should be 144 in total. Check out the video for the inaction folding!

Step 2: Repeat 144 Times

Practice makes perfect, after you have completed 144 tiles you have your own, hand-made Paper Mahjong Set!

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Step 3: Additional Audio

This project has been exhibited at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Montalvo Art Center, and CUNY Graduate Center galleries.

on my website you can see tiles other people have made and also an Audio file to give your tiles a more authentic feel.

Happy Folding!

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    A game I could never beat my aunt at but loved every minute of playing. Mahjong sets are expensive, and this is an easy way to introduce yourself to it. That is, if you don't mind spending time.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    If you get together with your Aunt, you probably could get it made in half the time! Hope you try to make a few tiles!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    That's some serious dedication! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!