ORAGAMI. By: Youssef Rashad , Mohammed Shooshtarian, Hossam Khattab and Mohammed Tiba. Etymology OF. ORIGAMI.
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By: YoussefRashad, Mohammed Shooshtarian, Hossam Khattab and Mohammed Tiba
Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is the Japanese art of paper-folding. "Ori" is the Japanese word for folding and "Gami" is the Japanese word for paper. That is how origami got its name. However, origami did not start in Japan. It began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century.
Not only were the Japanese folding paper, but the Moors, who were from Africa, brought paper folding with them to Spain when they invaded that country in the eighth century. The Moors used paper folding to create geometric figures because their religion prohibited them from creating animal forms. From Spain it spread to South America. As trade routes were developed, the art of origami was introduced to Europe and later the United States.
Master paper folders can be found in many places around the world. Akira Yoshizawaof Japan is one of these. He is considered the "father of modern origami" because of his creative paper folding. He also developed a set of symbols and terms that are used worldwide in the written instructions of origami. The interest in origami continues to increase today. Just as the ancient Japanese found useful purposes for their origami models, so do we today. Origami will also be a part of our future as we look toward the millennium. The origami crane has become a global peace symbol.
At first, there was very little paper available so only the rich could afford to do paper folding. The Japanese found useful purposes for their origami. For example, the Samurai (sa-MURE-ay) would exchange gifts with a form known as a noshi(NO-shee). This was a paper folded with a strip of dried fish or meat. It was considered a good luck token. Also, the Shinto Noblemen would celebrate weddings by wrapping glasses of sake or rice wine in butterfly forms that had been folded to represent the bride and groom.
Origami relates to the environment in a number of ways: