What Is Origami?

Origami is a little bit of a weird word. But what does it mean? Well, Wiktionary says that it is "the Japanese art of paper folding" which is true. But dictionary.com has a little bit of a better definition. They say, "the traditional Japanese art or technique of folding paper into a variety of decorative or representational forms, as of animals or flowers". I think that that has a little more meaning to it. My definition is that whenever you are folding paper to make something without cutting, then it's Origami. The word Origami has Japanese roots. Ori, from the verb oru, means "to fold" and kami is one of the many terms for "paper".


Origami is thought to be at least less than 2,000 years old, but we are not sure specifically when the first Origami was created. Some say that the Origami art was created by Chinese, despite the Japanese name. This may be true, because there are Origami projects tracing from China. But we are just not sure.

Other Types Of Origami

There is single sheet Origami, folded with, well, a single sheet of paper. There is Modular Origami, which is folded with more than one sheets of paper, inserted together without anything, just by inserting points into slots, and things like that. There is Kusudama, which is called Modular Origami but technically isn't, since it uses thread to put together. There is Kirigami, which technically is not Origami at all, because you just fold and cut the paper and, sometimes, use glue to make Kirigami projects. But really, you can try any of these arts, and maybe even all!

Okay, that's basically all you need to know about Origami to get started! Read below and practice these basic folds!

Basic Folds

These are folds you've got to know!

Valley Fold:

Fold towards you. Watch the video to see.

Mountain Fold:

Fold away from you. Watch the video to see.

Inside Reverse Fold:

Push the paper inside. Watch the video to see.

Alright! Those are the three basic folds that I think you absolutely need to know!

That's all on this page! Thank you! Happy folding!

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