The art of paper folding has long been a popular hobby among a lot of people until now and this is what you call Origami that is considered to be one of the oldest crafts of all time.
The origin of Origami has become something that has baffled a lot of people as no one can really pinpoint where it all started. What is just common knowledge among a lot of people is the fact that paper was first made in China during the first century A.D. It was during the sixth century A.D. that some Buddhist monks decided to go and visit Japan brining along with them this sort of 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. Nevertheless, considering Origami as a high form of art expression was only made possible by the Japanese themselves. Also, you need to know that Origami is a word that roots from the Japanese language. The term ‘oru’ denotes ‘to fold’ and the term ‘kami’ denotes ‘paper’.
When you look at the gifts being made by children going to schools, you will notice that they make use of some techniques 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.
Out of all the Origami subjects that a great majority knows of, the most common will have to be the various kinds of birds as they are creatures that hold a special place in the Orient. As you hone your skills in Origami, you will even be having a breeze making various animals using your paper folding techniques and even just about any stuff that you get to see in your surroundings in more ways than one.
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. If you happen to be getting the hang of Origami, you will be learning the terminologies such as valley fold, bird base, mountain fold, as well as square base. For all of the folds and bases that you will be learning in Origami, you will then be able to make a wide range of things with the use of your very own paper.