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History of Origami

If you're interested in paper folding as a craft, it's helpful to know a little bit about origami history. While no single person can take credit for inventing origami, the art of paper folding is almost as old as paper itself. There are records of Japanese origami history and Chinese origami history dating back to the fifth and sixth century.
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A Brief History of Origami
A brief history of origami reveals how this craft evolved from something suitable for formal Japanese ceremonies to a fun way for people of all ages to express their creativity.

A Brief History of Paper Airplanes
Learn about how the hobby of making paper airplanes has changed over the years.

An Introduction to the Art of Folding Paper
If you're interested in how to make origami things, this slideshow provides a brief introduction to the art of folding paper.

5 Ways to Make Awesome Origami
Learning how to make awesome origami takes lots of practice, but the job will be easier if you keep in mind some basic tips.

1,000 Paper Cranes
Learn more about the legend of the 1,000 paper cranes and how the Senbazuru is used in fundraising and public awareness campaigns.

Miniature Origami Display Ideas
Get ideas for creative ways to use your miniature origami creations to make gifts, jewelry, and home decor items.

Interesting Facts About Origami
Take this fun quiz to test your knowledge of some of the more interesting facts about origami.

Origami Things to Make
An inspirational gallery of origami projects.

A Guide to Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Learn more about Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a children's book by Eleanor Coerr that has inspired millions of young people to want to learn more about origami in Japanese culture.

What Is Pureland Origami?
Pureland origami, a type of paper folding created by British origami artist John Smith, makes origami accessible to a broader audience.

An Introduction to Kirigami
Kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting, may be of interest if you enjoy folding origami models. Kirigami techniques are especially useful for creating unique pop-up cards for birthdays and other special occasions.

3D Origami Art
Learn more about Golden Venture Folding, a type of 3D origami art that is made by interlocking hundreds of small folded triangles.

Top 10 Origami Things to Make
This sideshow features 10 of About Origami's favorite beginner level projects complete with photos and folding instructions.

How Many Times Can You Fold Paper?
You can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times, but altering the size and thickness of the paper gives you a little more flexibility with your folds.

Examples of Traditional Origami
Traditional origami models have no known creator and are thus considered public domain creations that can be freely copied and shared.

Paper Folding in China
In China, the art of folding paper is referred to as zhezhi. Learn more about how the Chinese culture has contributed to modern understanding of origami.

Paper Folding in Japan
The fascinating history of origami in Japan shows how the art of paper folding has evolved over time.

German Contributions to Origami
Learn more about the various German contributions to the modern craft of origami, including Froebel stars and Waldorf window stars.

Paper Folding in Korea
Jong-i jeobgi is the Korean word for origami. Paper folding remains an important part of Korean culture.

History of Origami in America
Origami has been popular in Japan for thousands of years, but it’s a fairly new addition to the United States.

Examples of Origami in Science
Origami is not just child's play. Learn more about the many different ways in which origami has led to important scientific discoveries.

Origami in Fashion
The same techniques used to fold paper have been used to create a wide arrange of origami inspired runway looks from designers such as Issey Miyake, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, and Proenza Schouler.

Differences Between Kirigami and Origami
Explore the differences between kirigami and origami as forms of creative paper art.

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