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Tutorial: Origami Butterfly

A simple Tutorial on “How to make an Origami Butterfly”

It’s an extremely easy to make origami with great effect that can be used for decoration, gifts, etc.

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Origami Facts

Interesting Origami Facts

By: Rachel Krech

Origami is a world-renowned art form that can be traced to about 500 A.D. It’s origins can be traced to China, but the art was refined in Japan hundreds of years later. Since then, paper folding has become a beloved art that has traveled around the world. However, origami crafts aren’t just about creating simple creatures or designs from origami paper. There are dozens of other interesting origami facts, including those that have broken world records and left historians stunned.

China’s Origami Influence
Though origami comes from Japan, the original concept of paper folding is derived from China. Since paper was first invented there, the Chinese have folded the material for a variety of reasons. The art was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks, where it was finally refined as an art form. Today, Japan is still credited as the birthplace of the origami craft, but origami is still extremely popular in China and other parts of Asia.

Cranes: Large and Small
Most people think that origami is about the creation of small things, but try telling that to Wings for Peace. The organization made the world’s largest crane in 1999. It stood 215 feet tall and weighed 1,750 pounds. The crane was so big that it had to be made inside of a football stadium. Contrary to popular belief, the crane is made from 100 percent paper.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the smallest crane, made by Akira Naito of Japan, was folded from a 0.1-by-0.1-mm square of paper. The creator was able to make it using a microscope and a pair of fine tweezers. He is still trying to create an even smaller crane today using the same method.

Surrounded By Cranes
The largest number of origami cranes was created as part of the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. A total of 250,000 paper cranes were folded and displayed in a large memorial in the city. Each had a person’s name on it and a short, peaceful message. A paper crane is a symbol for world peace.

The Oldest Illustration
We all know that paper disintegrates over time. Because of this, finding old origami designs is nearly impossible. However, the oldest illustration of an origami design dates from 1490. The simple illustration shows paper boats floating on a body of water with a sun in the background. It was created by Johannes di Sacrobesco in Venice.

Origami’s Other Inspirations
Origami isn’t just about creating things from paper. Today, origami inspires food, fashion and architecture. In fact, fashion designer Christian Dior selected an origami and Japanese theme for his 2007 Haute Couture collection. Additionally, numerous buildings in Japan have an origami look to them. Just visit Tokyo, Osaka or any other Japanese city to see for yourself.

Not Just Japan
Origami wasn’t just an art form in Japan and China. It was brought to Spain by the Moors around 1100 A.D., but it wasn’t used as art. Instead, it was employed by scholars and mathematicians as a way to understand mathematical and geometrical concepts. Because of their Islamic roots, the people were not allowed to create animal figures because it was considered immoral and against the teachings of the Koran.

Not Just Paper
Origami is traditionally made out of a square piece of origami paper, which can be white, colorful or boasting unique designs. However, origami can also be made from coarse cloth, foil and even food. Many artists around the world specialize in these different types of materials, including international chefs and even fashion designers.

Masters of the Art
Just as some dedicate their lives to painting, origami experts, or master folders, are prevalent in the origami world. Their work can be seen in books and museums. Many of them reside in Japan and even America.

Surprisingly, origami didn’t reach America or England until about 1900. People in both countries were fascinated by the elaborate and remarkable designs. Today, it’s an art form taught in American schools and one that practically every American is familiar with.

 
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History of Origami

Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is the Japanese art of paperfolding. “Ori” is the Japanese word for folding and “kami” is the Japanese word for paper. That is how origami got its name. However, origami did not start in Japan. It began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century.

At first, there was very little paper available so only the rich could afford to do paperfolding. The Japanese found useful purposes for their origami. For example, the Samurai (sa-MURE-ay) would exchange gifts with a form known as a noshi
(NO-shee). This was a paper folded with a strip of dried fish or meat. It was considered a good luck token. Also, the Shinto Noblemen would celebrate weddings by wrapping glasses of sake or rice wine in butterfly forms that had been folded to represent the bride and groom.

As easier papermaking methods were developed, paper became less expensive. Origami became a popular art for everyone, no matter if they were rich or poor. However, the Japanese people have always been very careful not to waste anything. They have always saved even the tiniest scraps of paper and used them for folding origami models.

For centuries there were no written directions for folding origami models. The directions were taught to each generation and then handed down to the next. This form of art became part of the cultural heritage of the Japanese people. In 1797, How to Fold 1000 Cranes was published. This book contained the first written set of origami instructions which told how to fold a crane. The crane was considered a sacred bird in Japan. It was a Japanese custom that if a person folded 1000 cranes, they would be granted one wish. Origami became a very popular form of art as shown by the well-known Japanese woodblock print that was made in 1819 entitled “A Magician Turns Sheets of Birds”. This print shows birds being created from pieces of paper.

In 1845 another book, Window on Midwinter, was published which included a collection of approximately 150 origami models. This book introduced the model of the frog which is a very well known model even today. With the publication of both these books, the folding of origami became recreation in Japan.

Not only were the Japanese folding paper, but the Moors, who were from Africa, brought paperfolding with them to Spain when they invaded that country in the eighth century. The Moors used paperfolding to create geometric figures because their religion prohibited them from creating animal forms. From Spain it spread to South America. As trade routes were developed, the art of origami was introduced to Europe and later the United States.

Today, master paperfolders can be found in many places around the world. Akira Yoshizawa of Japan is one of these. He is considered the “father of modern origami” because of his creative paperfolding. He also developed a set of symbols and terms that are used worldwide in the written instructions of origami.

The interest in origami continues to increase today. Just as the ancient Japanese found useful purposes for their origami models, so do we today. Origami will also be a part of our future as we look toward the millennium. The origami crane has become a global peace symbol.

 

I took this info from http://library.thinkquest.org/5402/history.html because I found it very useful and well written.

 
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Origami Butterfly

As requested by a friend, here is a beautiful pink/purple butterfly. They are easy to make and can decorate many things from gifts to your desktop.

 
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Origami Hand Bags

Some cute origami bags. Depending on their size you can place various origami works in them. I stored an origami crane and an origami hello kitty puppet!

 
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