Japanese Papercraft – Origami Papercraft, The Art of Folding

by ebazaar 27 September 2009 No Comment

It’s time to get a little more artsy and crafty with another post on Japanese Papercraft, which in case you didn’t know, an art that has last for centuries! Origami is a very old Japanese art that could have possibly been dated back to the Heian period (794-1185) – the same birth period of Geisha, the unique, beautiful and extraordinary sexy courtesans of the Japanese high-class ancient society.

If I were to go through the history of Origami, I have to say, like most Japanese arts, Origami too was based on religious concept, where it was used in certain Japanese ceremonies and rituals, and not till the recent centuries when it was also used for practical, educational and entertainment purposes. So what is origami actually? The word ‘origami’ is actually combining two words that are ‘oru’ means folding and ‘gami’ which means paper (‘kami’ is originally means paper, ‘gami’ is just a phonetics variation when combine with certain words). So basically, Origami is folded paper – an art of folding paper to form shaped figures and ornamental objects that doesn’t include any cutting or sticking or whatever other techniques.

Origami flower iris

Iris flower which has been made using origami technique

Origami with only folding and not cutting developed first in the Muromachi period (1333-1568). In the Edo period (1600-1868) other techniques of folding, cutting, and dyeing paper were developed. By the Taisho period (1912-1926) patterns for some 150 different kinds of origami figures had been established. Origami is widely use nowadays in various purification ceremonies, weddings and funerals and during festivals such as the Doll Festival which is annually held around March every year.(I will cover about this some time soon).

Take a look at some of origami artworks at Papercraft Art Creative

The site even provide information on how you can learn to make origami online.

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During the late Meiji period (1868-1912) and the Taisho period, origami was used as a teaching device in kindergartens and primary schools. In the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989), creativity came to be emphasized in Japanese education, and origami was criticized because children were required to handle the paper in standardized ways but recently, origami has come to be appreciated once again as an educational technique.

There are more Japanese arts out there to be explore. Until the next post, Jya ne~

Jya ne means ‘see you again~’ or ‘see you soon~’.




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