The Never-ending Popularity of Origami
Origami or paper folding as what most people know of is something that has been considered to be one of the most favorite hobbies among a lot of people in the arts and crafts industry.
The origin of Origami has become something that has baffled a lot of people as no one can really pinpoint where it all started. The only exact detail will have to be the fact that in the first century A.D. in China, paper first came to exist. After some time, Buddhist monks then went to Japan during the sixth century A.D. and then decided to bring along with them this great invention. By looking at these two countries in mind, you can already figure out that the art of paper folding or Origami cannot be traced if it was the Chinese culture or the Japanese culture that started it all. However, you have to take note of the fact that it was the Japanese who was responsible in making Origami an art that is of high form. You see, even the word Origami is one that has come from the Japanese themselves. In Japanese terms, the word Origami can be divided into ‘oru’ that means ‘to fold’ and ‘kami’ that means ‘paper’.
During events that need gifts to be given, a lot of school children make sure to take advantage of the art of paper folding or Origami. Meanwhile, for some teachers, they also teach their students some paper folding techniques or Origami in order for their students to be able to follow Origami instructions without having to spend a lot of their own money. Most of the time, in terms of being in classrooms, the most common type of Origami art form that you will be coming across will be the paper airplanes that happen to be done without any approval from the teacher but still Origami can be used to make extensive art out of animals, toys, boats, and birds.
Since Origami is part of the Oriental culture, you will not have to wonder why the most common subject for Origami will have to be some birds. For most people who have acquired a higher level of skills and expertise in Origami, they can clearly create not just birds but other types of animals too as well as all sorts of objects that they might be seeing around them.
In the same way as other art forms that you see, when you look at Origami, you will no doubt be hearing its own kind of language. As you slowly immerse yourself in the art of paper folding, you will be coming across the terms such as square base, mountain fold, bird base, and many more. The paper folding possibilities are endless when you will be able to combine a wide range of folds and bases that you might have for your own set of Origami skills.