History of Origami
By Kinjal Trivedi
Do you know how Origami originated and when?
It was first done in 105 A.D. in Ancient China. Can you imagine how long ago that was. It’s amazing that even paper was originated back then and used for craft or decoration.
Origami literally meaning the art of folding paper. It was a means of prayer for religious activities. Because paper was so rare and expensive, making anything out of that automatically became of great value.
Later, Buddhist monks travelled to different lands and passed on the knowledge of folding paper.
This craft, they say, brought immense focus, patience and precision to the person practicing. Yes! It was used as a meditative tool.
Butterflies made out of origami were used at Shinto Weddings to bless the couple. Samurai warriors exchanged origami called noshi as a form of goodluck.
This form of art has become immensely popular in a way of wishing each other luck.
One of the most famous origami designs is the Japanese crane. The crane is auspicious in Japanese culture. Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart’s desire come true.
The story goes: Sadako Sasaki was exposed to the radiation of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb. By the time she was 12 in 1955, she was dying of Leukemia.
Her classmate told her about the legend, and he decided to fold one thousand origami cranes so that she could live. However, when she saw that the other children in her ward were dying, she realized that she would not survive and wished instead for world peace and an end to suffering.
Every year 10,000,000 cranes are sent to Hiroshima and placed near the statue. A group of one thousand paper cranes is called senbazuruin Japanese.
Maybe you can try making some interesting butterflies or flowers and wish good luck to your friends and family!