Origami: The Ancient Art That Has Come Alive Again


Origami is the art of folding paper to create representations of animals, birds, and other figures.
It’s not exactly clear when the art of Origami began, although there is some speculation that it began in China around 1000 A.D. One thing is certain: although the technique is relatively simple, some of the art creations from this method are profound.
What makes it more beautiful is the paper that is normally used in origami. Chinese origami paper is used because it is relatively light weight and can hold a crease. One side is usually decorated in a lively patterned color and the other side is a neutral white.
Origami has become very popular in the U.S. It doesn’t require a great expense for materials, yet a child can amuse himself for hours learning how to fold paper in such a way as to design lively figures of things in real life. The art of origami has expanded into action origami, where figures are created that can move, modular origami, where identical pieces are assembled into one figure, and kirigami, which includes cutting of the paper.
If you would like to learn how to create lovely works of art from paper, instructional articles and videos on origami can be found online. You do not need to use the official chinese origami paper to createthese works of art, although it makes a nice addition.