quarta-feira, dezembro 20, 2006

About Origami

The Japanese word "Origami" is now an internationally recognized word and is synonymous with the art and craft of paper folding.

"Ori", to fold, and "kami", paper lit. The goal of this art is to create a given result using geometric folds and crease patterns. Origami refers to all types of paper folding, even those of non-Japanese origin. Origami only uses a small number of different folds, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper, whose sides may be different colors, and usually proceed without cutting the paper. Contrary to most popular belief, traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo era (1603-1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper during the creation of the design (Kirigami) or starting with a rectangular, circular, triangular or other non-square sheets of paper.