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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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:iconwindklang:
Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, cool - especially the last bit about different types was new to me :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :highfive:
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed :D
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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"! Wow...how 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!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww...

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!
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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.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a fair point. I agree. :nod:
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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 amazing..like this page
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i have fun making those especially combining it with other origami...
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:
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cality Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting article! :la:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
Great article :) I can do as much as paper stars, flowers and ninja stars :P
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! Me as well!

What are ninja stars? :O_o:
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
Eh, well, the correct term would be shuriken, but most people call them ninja stars. Here it is :) :

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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, those! They're pretty damn awesome! :D
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FoldedWilderness Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Very nice :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
A very enlightening article! :heart:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so. :)
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tshuki Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
It was interesting to read! *o* <3
Thank you for writing! ^u^
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so!
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FallenUmbrella Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Origami is indeed an interesting art :love: I make tiny origami jewelry myself, and people are honestly amazed.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jewellery? :O
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maytel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Great article! Very interesting!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive:
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the patience of a stick of dynamite (not very much. ^^; ) so I'm not very good at origami. But I must admit, those pictures looks really neat!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww.. :hug:

That's fair enough! It's not for everyone, but it's definitely something. :nod:
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. :D
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azeemb Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
quite interesting, wasn't aware of the different types :aww:


Has practical uses as well, such as folding satellites (rigid origami)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me neither! :O

There is that. It's interesting how many implications it has, like.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love origami :love:
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Origami is amazing. :la:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I have not tried it much myself, but it is always lovely to look at :iconpapercraneplz:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, definitely! :highfive:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Writer
This is a very good article! I do origami too :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :highfive:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Writer
:iconcheers2plz:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, unfortunately i don't have much patience to do i myself ):
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww.. :hug:

As art appreciators, we get to involve ourselves in it regardless! :dummy:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh i know that very well :huggle:
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krazykel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome article. my dads been doing origami for years.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? That's pretty damn awesome! I don't meet many male people who like to do origami. :O
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TheOneAndOnly-K Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know and it is beautiful. I do origami myself.
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3wyl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome! :highfive:
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TheOneAndOnly-K Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :D
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