– Written by Alan Tathanhlong
Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. The term “origami” comes from the roots ori (meaning “folded) and kami (meaning “paper”). The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. The small number of basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best-known origami model is the Japanese paper crane, but other forms can be crafted such as a jumping frog, a heart, or even a dragon! Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper. There are two types of origami that define the concept of origami itself: action origami and modular origami.
- Action Origami – Action origami includes origami that flies, requires inflation to complete, or, when complete, uses the kinetic energy of a person’s hands, applied at a certain region on the model, to move another flap or limb. Some argue that, strictly speaking, only the latter is really “recognized” as action origami. Action origami, first appearing with the traditional Japanese flapping bird, is quite common.
- Modular Origami – Modular origami consists of putting a number of identical pieces together to form a complete model. Normally the individual pieces are simple but the final assembly may be tricky. Many of the modular origami models are decorative balls like kusudama (this technique allows the pieces to be put together using thread or glue).
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