What is Origami?
The art of paper folding.

It's colorful. It's creative. It's ancient.

It can be simple. It can be complex. It can be art.

Deriving its name from the Japanese words "ori" ("to fold") and "kami" ("paper"), "origami" literally means "to fold paper."

The origin of origami is still indefinite. While it is most widely recognized as having come from Japan, however, it does have its roots in ancient China as well.

Origami comes in a variety of styles.

For example, there is action origami. This type of origami has parts that move when a person pushes, pulls or otherwise touches or moves another part of the model. Probably the most commonly known piece of action origami is the flapping crane, whose wings make an up-and-down flapping motion when the bird's tail is pulled at a certain angle.

Modular origami are usually larger pieces of work. These creations are made of several pieces of paper, each folded in what are called "units." These units are then assembled together, usually by inserting flaps of one piece into folds of the next piece. Because each part is called a unit, modular origami is also known as unit origami.

One type of origami that has gained popularity in the recent years is the dollar bill origami. Instructional books on dollar bill origami can be found easily in bookstores.

Origami has also found its way into the fabric world. It is most commonly seen in the form of napkin folding.
Folded napkins at the dining table can easily give restaurants an added element of class or luxury.

People have also made origami creations out of candy wrappers. Click here to see some pictures or candy wrapper origami. Several of the models shown on the page can also be made with square-shaped paper.