Origami

package with variety of coloured and patterned square origami papers
Colourful Origami Paper, ca 1960-1970
Galt Museum & Archives P19950073056

Origami, a paper craft, is indigenous to Japan. Square pieces of paper are artfully folded to make animals, dolls, boats, and other traditional shapes without using scissors or paste. A square shape is considered natural for paper. Folding is also considered more natural than cutting and pasting.

The joy of origami came from creating animals and objects solely by folding square pieces of paper. The crane is a favorite and signifies “long life.”

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