With just one piece of paper, you can fold it into anything you desire. A crane, a heart, a box, a dog, even a jumping frog. It’s all possible with some well-planned folds.
Origami is awesome and fun at the same time.
What is Origami?
Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, “origami.” It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations.
Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds, fish, geometric shapes, puppets, toys and masks are among the models that even very young children can learn to make in just one sitting.
The art of making paper from pulp originated in China in the year 102A.D. Paper then became more available to the masses. The secret of making paper was kept in China for several hundred years and finally made its way through Korea and into Japan. A Buddhist monk is said to have carried this secret .
The introduction of paper making to Japan several hundred years later coincided with the development of their religion and soon became part of the lives of its people. Colors and silk threads were added and origami was held in high esteem. Gifts were decorated with “noshi.” Noshi had particular fold patterns depending on the gift.
In Japan, at one time origami was taught in schools but today, children are generally taught origami at home. Holidays are celebrated with colorful origami decorations made by the family.
What is Origami Mag?
OrigamiMag is here to share some of that fun and awesomeness with you.
Every step by step instruction available on this site assumes you have little to no experience in folding origami so that everyone is able to fold any model they see here.
Some models are extremely easy and some require a little patience and trial and error, but none are overly complex. We do our best to create origami instructions that you can follow.
Have fun folding and tell all your friends about OrigamiMag!
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