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Origami - Art of Paper Folding

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 1:34 PM
Origami is an art form that transforms paper into a sculpture through paper folding and sculpting techniques. Thus, cutting or gluing paper would not be considered to be origami, but 'kirigami' instead. The name 'Origami' is Japanese, in which 'Ori' is the Japanese word for folding, and 'kami' the word for paper.

It is generally believed that origami originated from Japan, but, as there are few records, this is not certain. Nevertheless, Japan developed origami into an intense art form that still exists to this day.

In the past, instructions for origami were passed down in spoken form and not written down. Some say that origami first originated in China in 1st Century, in which paper was then brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in 6th Century. Others claim that paper was made in the 8th Century by the Arabs, with Moors bringing the art of paper folding to Spain in the 12th Century. Spain then spread to South America, and as trade routes developed, origami was thus introduced to Europe and then the United States.

Paper was not that available in the early days, so only the rich could afford to paper fold. Often, gifts came in the form of origami and popularity increased.

In 1797, 'How to Fold 1000 Cranes' was published and contained the first written instructions on how to fold a crane, a sacred bird in Japan. It was a Japanese custom that if a person folded 1000 cranes, they would be granted one wish. This is otherwise known as the Senbazuru.

Senbazuru - 1000 cranes by wastedlimes

From the early 20th Century, Akira Yoshizawa, Kosho Uchiyama, and others began creating and recording original origami works. Akira Yoshizawa, in particular, has been a monumental figure in the innovative art of origami, creating many original designs and inspiring a renaissance of the art form.

Mathematics were later used in studying origami, thereby leading to more complex origami models. As a result, there are many types of origami, such as 'Action' origami in which creations can move, 'Modular' origami in which many identical pieces put together form a complete model, 'Wet-folding' origami, gentle curves where paper is often made damp, 'Pureland' origami where only one fold may be done at a time, and many, many more.

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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, cool - especially the last bit about different types was new to me :D
3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :highfive:
Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed :D
Rssfim Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Origami reminds me my childhood. I might be 7 years old when I first saw this so cool artwork. I learnt how to fold lots of animals, boats and stars... At that early time I felt myself as a "magician doing uncredible tricks"! naive could be a 7 years old kid!
This could be a mere coincidence, but I folded many cranes. Not a thousand ones, but I still remember how to do it after so many years...
Thanks for the article!
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

I think more kids should do it.. nowadays, it feels that kids get up to all sorts of nefarious activities. :paranoid:

That's pretty cool, though!
Rssfim Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's true! Today children get hooked by video games and tv for so long...but I think their parents are the ones to be blamed. Kids inherit their habits.
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a fair point. I agree. :nod:
jamespapers Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
paper airplanes seems to be outdated by new gadgets,, but for me making this origami are the best and safest thing ever invented..still there are so many sites dedicated to make cool and extremely this page
i have fun making those especially combining it with other origami...
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You can say that again. :nod:

Origami is pretty damn awesome, I agree!

Ooh, indeed! It's interesting how there is so much variety and combinations you can make. :la:
cality Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting article! :la:
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