Category: Origami

Moneygami (also known as money-gami) is the shaping of paper currency, such as Indian rupees or United States dollars, into pieces of art. The word is a portmanteau of money and origami. The concept h
Kirigami (切り紙) is a variation of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. In kirigami, the paper is cut as well as being folded, resulting in a three-dimensional design that stands away from the pa
Rigid origami
Rigid origami is a branch of origami which is concerned with folding structures using flat rigid sheets joined by hinges. That is, unlike in traditional origami, the panels of the paper cannot be bent
Akira Yoshizawa
Akira Yoshizawa (吉澤 章 Yoshizawa Akira; 14 March 1911 – 14 March 2005) was a Japanese origamist, considered to be the grandmaster of origami. He is credited with raising origami from a craft to a livin
Origami paper
Origami paper is used to fold origami, the art of paper folding. The only real requirement of the folding medium is that it must be able to hold a crease, but should ideally also be thinner than regul
History of origami
The history of origami followed after the invention of paper and was a result of paper's use in society. In the detailed Japanese classification, origami is divided into stylized ceremonial origami (儀
Shide (Shinto)
Shide (紙垂, 四手) are zigzag-shaped paper streamers, often seen attached to shimenawa or tamagushi, and used in Shinto rituals in Japan. A popular ritual is using a haraegushi, or "lightning wand", named
Origami (折り紙, Japanese pronunciation: [oɾiɡami] or [oɾiꜜɡami], from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku)) is the Japanese art of paper folding. In mode
Paper fortune teller
A fortune teller (also called a cootie catcher, chatterbox, salt cellar, whirlybird, or paku-paku) is a form of origami used in children's games. Parts of the fortune teller are labelled with colors o
Pureland origami
Pureland origami is a style of origami invented by the British paper folder John Smith that is limited to using only mountain and valley folds. The aim of Pureland origami is to make origami easier fo
Origami Polyhedra Design
Origami Polyhedra Design is a book on origami designs for constructing polyhedra. It was written by origami artist and mathematician John Montroll, and published in 2009 by A K Peters.
British Origami Society
The British Origami Society is a registered charity (no. 293039), devoted to the art of origami (paper folding). The Society has 700 members worldwide and publishes a bi-monthly magazine called "Briti
Yoshizawa–Randlett system
The Yoshizawa–Randlett system is a diagramming system used to describe the folds of origami models. Many origami books begin with a description of basic origami techniques which are used to construct
List of origamists
An origamist or an origamian is a person who is associated with the art of origami. Some notable origamists / origamians are:
Washi (和紙) is traditional Japanese paper. The term is used to describe paper that uses local fiber, processed by hand and made in the traditional manner. Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark
Modular origami
Modular origami or unit origami is a paperfolding technique which uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex structure than would be possible using single-piece origami techn
Action origami
Action origami is origami that can be animated. The original traditional action model is the flapping bird. Models of which the final assembly involves some special action, for instance blowing up a w
One thousand origami cranes
In Japanese legend, a person who folds one thousand origami cranes (千羽鶴, senbazuru; literally “1000 cranes”) will be granted a wish by the gods. The thousand paper cranes (折鶴, orizuru) are joined by a
Backcoating is the lamination of two sheets of paper back to back to create a superior paper for folding origami models.
Troublewit is a specially pleated paper used for entertainment purposes. The paper is used to form various items, such as hats, fans and umbrellas by stage entertainers and illusionists. Its origins g
Wet-folding is an origami technique developed by Akira Yoshizawa that employs water to dampen the paper so that it can be manipulated more easily. This process adds an element of sculpture to origami,
Bug Wars
The Bug Wars were origami contests among members of the Origami Detectives which started when one member made a bug, a horned beetle with outspread wings, from a single sheet of paper: this design pro
Masu (measurement)
A masu (枡 ("square") or 升 ("measure")) was originally a square wooden box used to measure rice in Japan during the feudal period. In 1885 Japan signed the Convention du Mètre and in 1886 converted all
Infinity Cube
An Infinity Cube is a kind of mechanical puzzle toy with mathematical principles. Its shape is similar to a 2×2 Rubik's cube. It can be opened and put back together from different directions, thus cre
Mathematics of paper folding
The discipline of origami or paper folding has received a considerable amount of mathematical study. Fields of interest include a given paper model's flat-foldability (whether the model can be flatten
Decorative folding
Decorative folding is an artistic type of folding similar to origami but applied to fabrics instead of paper. Some types of objects that can be folded are napkins, towels, and handkerchiefs. Folding c
Tamatebako (origami)
The Tamatebako (玉手箱) is an origami model named after the tamatebako of Japanese folk tale. It is a modular cube design that can be opened from any side. If more than one face of the model is opened, t
Chinese paper folding
Chinese paper folding, or zhezhi (摺紙), is the art of paper folding that originated in medieval China. The work of 20th-century Japanese paper artist Akira Yoshizawa widely popularized the Japanese wor
The Japanese kusudama (薬玉; lit. medicine ball) is a paper model that is usually (although not always) created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units together using underlying geometric principle
The Sonobe module is one of the many units used to build modular origami. The popularity of Sonobe modular origami models derives from the simplicity of folding the modules, the sturdy and easy assemb
Noshi (熨斗) are a kind of ceremonial origami fold entirely distinct from "origami-tsuki". They serve as gifts that express "good wishes". Noshi consists of white paper folded with a strip of dried abal
Paper plane
A paper plane (also known as a paper airplane in American English or paper aeroplane in British English) is a toy aircraft, usually a glider made out of single folded sheet of paper or paperboard. A s
Humiaki Huzita
Humiaki Huzita (Japanese: 藤田文章, Hepburn romanization: Fujita Fumiaki) was a Japanese-born, mathematician and origami artist who later became an Italian citizen. He is also a geologist and a physicist
The orizuru (折鶴 ori- "folded," tsuru "crane"), or paper crane, is a design that is considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. In Japanese culture, it is believed that its wings carry s
OrigamiUSA (sometimes abbreviated as "OUSA") is the largest origami organization in the United States, with offices located at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It was founded i
Crease pattern
A crease pattern is an origami diagram that consists of all or most of the creases in the final model, rendered into one image. This is useful for diagramming complex and super-complex models, where t
Between the Folds
Between the Folds is a 2008 film documentary about origami. Directed by and broadcast on Independent Lens, the film received a 2010 Peabody Award. Notable origami artists featured in the film include