The history of Origami paper folding art

The history of Origami paper folding art

If you love Japan, surely you can’t help knowing about the art of folding paper in Japan, Origami. Just go to Google to search the keyword “Japanese Origami”, or go to youtube to type “Origami paper folding”, you will get a lot of results: instructing how to do, history, groups, folding clubs or teaching clips Origami is beautiful.

Origami is the art of paper folding (or folding paper) originating from Japan. Let’s learn about the history of the formation and development of Origami to understand more about this unique art.

What is Origami?

The name Origami is made up of two words: “ori” is “folded” and “kami” is “paper”. This word has only been used since 1880. Before that, Japanese people often used the word Orikata.

Origami has a fairly simple folding way to turn a rectangular piece of paper (2-dimensional), which is usually square, into complex shapes (3-dimensional). There is no cutting during folding. This is also the trend of folding modern Origami paper. In addition to Origami, in Japan, there is another intellectual subject called Shogi flag.

The history of Japanese Origami paper folding

Since its appearance, Origami has become an interesting feature of Japanese customs. Just use small pieces of paper that can transform into different shapes, such as an animal, a flower, etc.

Because the material of this subject is quite simple, it is easy to carry out anywhere. This game is popular not only in Japan but also in many other places in the world.

We know very little about the origin of Origami. Some say that Origami originated from China about 2000 years ago. But this is hardly true. This concept is conjecture based on the assumption that Origami started right after the invention of paper, there is no evidence to verify this. The paper of the Late Han Dynasty shows no sign of Origami.