Dear Pals!! For last one week I’ve been trying my hands on a very old, but new for our House, form of art – Origami. This Japanese word Origami is a compound of two smaller words ori –  meaning fold and kami – meaning paper. From its origin in ancient Japan, creative origami has become a renowned form of art and universal pastime all around the globe. Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan during 6th century.

The first Japanese origami is dated from this period and was used for religious ceremonial purposes only, due to high price of paper.
The first known origami book was published in Japan in 1977 : Senbazuru Orikata. However, the earliest evidence of paper folding in Europe is a picture of a small paper boat in 1490.
The first known origami social group was founded in Zaragoza, Spain during 1940s.
The Chinese, however, contend that origami is a historical derivative of Chinese paper folding known as Zhe Zhi.

Although origami looks impenetrably complicated, creating a figure from something as simple as a piece of paper can be learnt with a little patience and a good memory for sequences. The folding sequences van be anything from simple at one end of the scale to extremely complex at the other, but whoever folds successfully will experience great sense of achievement and satisfaction!!

As of now I do not feel satisfied from origami..b’coz its a long way to go… But here is a glimpse of my sense of achievement…

To start with, I tried my hands on a five-petal flower…










WP_20130915_011 Join five similar petals from the inner center to make a complete flower as below…



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