15cm x 15cm

Paper (20 sheets per package, 2 patterns)




The meaning of the word is simple, "ori" meaning fold and "gami" meaning paper.  Normally, pronounced "kami", but changed to "gami" so the words fit together nicely.  It is the art of paper folding used in Japan since Edo Period (1603-1867).  Historically Japanese origami allowed for cuts, and the papers were many shapes.  With European influence in the 1860's the Japanese adapted to only use square papers, and to not allow cuts into their origami sculptures.  


Origami can replicate still life objects, and also kinetic obejcts such as a bird that flaps its wings.  Modular origami comprises of folding multiple origamis in the same shape and fitting them all together like the "kusudama".  There are hundreds of different objects and living creatures to replicate with a single sheet of paper.