- Hey all,A friend in my canton has taken up origami, and the earliest source he can find is one from 1797, which, as he knows, is post period. So do any of you have any sources that are in period?Thanks,Apollonia
- Origami as we know it is not period. However, like many things, it's origins and original form(s) are period.Keep in mind that the links/sources I found are not proven accurate, but are good for finding basic ideas and vocabularyto provide a starting point for further research. I love Google! (and researching, of course). Also while browsing, I notedthat there are a lot of mailing lists and societies for origami - perhaps some of their members can point your friend towardsactual books and articles, instead of summaries.I hope this helps you and your friend out, at least in some small way.- ElinorItems wrapped in paper starting around the Heian (794-1192) period, Tatogami is an exampleDuring Muromachi (1392-1573) period, paper became more common, the folded wrapping became an art for the samurai* Pajarita (little bird) is a Spanish folding paper tradition, thought to have been brought by the Moors in 8th centuryProbably originated in China around 1st or 2nd century AD, arrived in Japan in Heian periodOnly nobility practiced paper folding until post-period (middle of the Edo period)http://www.oriland.com/learning/lecture.asp?category=lectures&model=01&name=Lecture%201&creator=&date=Actual name of origami dates from 18th centuryFolding paper is mentioned in medieval Japanese literatureFirst mentioned in literature in the 4th centuryOrigami was used in worship (represented spirit of God, hung in shrines and worshipped) - kami = both god & paper in JapaneseMedieval origami involved cutting as well as foldingIn Heian Era, paper folding known as futokogami, kashi, or tatogamiSpain's pajarita dates to 16th century, not inspired by Japan[collection of email postings, post near end quotes from "Another View of the Word Origami" by Maseo Okamura]On page 530 he writes:
"During the Heian period, a gentlemen carried in his pocket several pieces of paper folded in two verticallyand then folded in four horizontally. The way of folding paper, however, varied from one period to another.They also used pieces of thicker paper (called "danshi") scattered with gold and silver flake and folded in twoto hold thinner paper inside. They always carried such pieces of paper mainly to blow their noses and to writedown a poem or brief letter. There were also wrappers made of beautiful paper, which were designed to wrapwomen's cosmetics." [Mr. Okamura adds in a footnote here:"In the picture of 'Tatogami Shop' shown in'Shichijuchiban Shokunin Uta Awase' (1500), one can see wrapper made of two or three pieces of paper
piled and folded up in the way that two corners of each paper show in the front. The wrapper looks quite similarto incense wrappers of later times. The text says that the wrapper is finished luxuriously with gold and silver
flakes scattered on it. The picture is the earliest visual source of origami."Article by David Lister, an origami historian/researcher/scholarNo evidence of recreational folding until around 1600No evidence paper folding definately came from EastEuropean table napkin folding dates from 16th-17th centuryWindmill folding pattern used for astrological diagrams & baptismal certificates in Spain in 12th century1490 - Venetian book "Tractatus de Spaera Mundi" by Johannes de Sacrobusto may show paper boats1614 - English play "The Duchess of Malfi" by John Webster, refers to paper boxes used to catch fliesEuropean paperfolding either used waterbomb or windmill base, no indication of bird or frog basesAlso by ListerThoroughly researched article on pajarita's origins - this author has found no primary sources pre-1600 for pajarita----- Original Message -----From: Apollonia MargheritaSent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 7:01 PMSubject: [Authentic_SCA] Origami questionHey all,A friend in my canton has taken up origami, and the earliest source he can find is one from 1797, which, as he knows, is post period. So do any of you have any sources that are in period?Thanks,Apollonia
- At 01:46 AM 7/1/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>Origami as we know it is not period. However, like many things, it'sYour best bet on this one, I would think, would be Effingham... if you can
>origins and original form(s) are period.
pry him away from his studies.