I wanted to write a tutorial on how to make a paper origami crane but since it’s unorthadox since it’s rude not to tell the history of origami, so let me give you a quick history on origami.
Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.
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. On children’s day (formerly boy’s day), children make colorful carp: a fish that swims upstream, against the current. This symbolizes strength. During the summer, Tanabata, The Star Festival is celebrated. Live bamboo branches are decorated with origami stars and other paper decorations in a manner which brings to mind a decorated Christmas tree.
Here are some interesting facts about origami:
1) Origami was said to have originated in China. However, Japan was the first country to popularized the craft of paper folding.
2) The first reference to paper folding in Japan was in a short poem by Ihara Saikaku in 1680 which describes paper butterflies (which represents the groom and bride in weddings) in a dream.
3) Samurai warriors would exchange gifts adorned with noshi, a sort of good luck token made of folded strips of paper.
4) Different types of papers are used as origami paper and Washi (和紙) is the traditional origami paper used in Japan.
5) Some complex origami, uses tools such as bone folders to help create the ‘perfect’ crease.
6) Maths is associated to origami.
7) The crane is the most well known origami models which originated from Japan
8) Early uses of origami were for formal ocassions such as weddings and funerals.
9) The beginning of modern origami were developed by Akira Yoshizawa in the 1930’s.
10) The earliest known origami was in the year 102 A.D.
Here are more pictures of origami and their types,
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