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What is origami?
Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper giving you all sorts of ways to thus give rise to a host of figures. The most popular include the manufacture of vessels, boxes, balloons, but there is no doubt the success of the "aleteador bird" that most attempted at some point in life.
Origami is a term from Japanese, formed by the union of 2 words, "Ori", which in Spanish translates as folding, and "gami" meaning paper.
Origami is an ancient art, however, their existence is not possible until the subsequent creation of the role, incident in China in the second century after Christ. At that time Japan, as a developing country, adopted many of the customs from China, such as their religion, Buddhism and social, as well as also the craft structure, but not but until the 7th century a.d., that the role and its manufacturing techniques, were disseminated in Japan.
Although the paper making technique was brought from China, its elaboration suffered many changes, changes that gave the role new features that allowed a greater firmness in order to avoid it to break at the time of using it.
Various types of paper have emerged in Japan, but one of the most characteristic was called Washi, role that allowed the creation of several the first origamis. Although the date of the creation of the first origami in Japan are not clear, it is known that it was usual that the letters were carefully folded, worrying to do so in a special way according to the occasion for which it was sent.
The custom of folding letters and documents was enriched during the period of the Samurai society, however, it passed into oblivion some time ago during the Showa, between the years 1926 and 1989. However, it is possible to see certain elements of origami in the "Noshis", which are used as decoration for gifts folding red and white papers.
Currently, you can go to a huge number of books and courses to learn the techniques of the art of Origami, recommended as a healthy entertainment for people of all ages because of the varying degrees of difficulty presented, allowing fit to any age group.