Origami 折り紙

I have always been fascinated with all things Japanese…and last week I was begged to make an origami swan…of course I had no idea how to! But I came across these excellent videos on Videojug explaining lots of origami pieces. Here is a link to the video on how to make the origami swan.

The word in Japanese means ‘ori – folding’ and ‘kami – paper’, thus ‘folding paper’!  Simple really, except it’s not quite so!  It has been a tradition in Japan for centuries, however, it has also been seen in Germany, Italy and Spain over the years.  I read a lovely article by Wallpaper Editor Henrietta Thompson entitled The Joys of Paper in it she mentions that in Tokyo you can find paper boutiques on most street corners. How lovely. Stationery shops seem to be a dying breed due to our new found love of technology. However, the importance and beauty of paper should not be pushed aside, a medium that has existed since circa 600AD, it should be upheld as a precious commodity. But back to origami…it is a lovely art form, great for kids and for using one’s mental agility and dexterity!


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