Origami, a term that comes from the Japanese words “oru” (to fold) and “kami” (paper), is the art of skillfully folding paper squares into three dimensional objects without cutting or pasting. Little is known about the history of origami, although it seems to have evolved as a craft with the development of paper in Japan. The art of paper folding has flourished in other cultures throughout history as well, including in China, Spain and South America. This article gives an overview of origami by providing resources on its history as well as links to instructions and tutorials that will guide you step by step through the art of paper folding.
History of Origami
Learn about the history of origami with PBS.
Read about the history of paper folding with the British Origami Society.
Explore the history of Japanese washi paper, which led to the art of paper folding in Japan.
The Origami Resource Center explains the history of the craft with helpful links.
Learn more about the life of Akira Yoshizawa, one of the modern masters of origami.
Check out a visual timeline of paper folding and origami.
A short history of origami, complete with illustrations.
Origami Guides and Tutorials
View instructional photos and videos on how to make all kinds of different origami projects.
Access printable origami instructions and videos on more original origami projects.
Find an assortment of origami projects for special occasions available through the Origami Resource Center.
Learn about the talented origami artist Robert J. Lang.
Read about the significance of origami cranes and more.
OrigamiUSA’s mission is to share the joy of paper folding, preserve its history, nurture its growth, bring people together and encourage community among paper folders.
Easy Origami is a web page devoted strictly to simple paper folding projects.
Ultimate Origami is a great resource for diagrams and origami artist showcases.
Visit Instructibles, a creative public forum for origami projects.
Explore the science of origami with Science Daily.