Origami is a Japanese art of folding paper into shapes and figures. "Ori" means "folding" and "kami" means "paper." Try your hand at folding a single sheet of square paper into a sculpture without marking, cutting, gluing or taping it.
While generally considered a Japanese tradition because of its popularity, origami's roots may be in China, where it likely evolved from the folding of cloth or leather. Paper was invented in China around 105 AD and folded paper is thought to have evolved as result of its popularity and availability.
Today, there are over 80 different types of origami. The most popular origami shape is the paper crane. Folding 1,000 cranes is said to grant you the right to make a special wish! It's also a symbol of peace.
From Two Dimensions to Three!
A single piece of thin square paper
Point to point
Line to line
Folding, unfolding, opening, closing, sliding, turning and creasing
Care and thoughtful intent