Kirigami (切り紙?) is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese kiru "to cut," kami "paper"), rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami. It is also called "Kirui" (切り絵; from kiru "to cut," i "picture").
Typically, kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then unfolded; cuts are then opened and flattened to make the finished kirigami. Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.
A difference between kirigami and the art of "full base" is that kirigami is made out of a single piece of paper that has been cut into a origami. Origami can be made of several pieces glued together.
Mon-Kirui is the Japanese art of paper cutting.