Inside this handy folder is everything a beginner needs to practice the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, including a clearly illustrated instructional booklet and a packet of authentic origami paper.
This how-to book by John Montroll enables novices to grasp the fundamentals of the art quickly and to successfully complete 32 simple projects — among them a hat, cup, pinwheel, boat, house, and fish. Also included are directions for more challenging but still easy-to-make subjects such as a pigeon, pelican, and piano.
Origami (from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku)) is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.
The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper. Origami folders often use the Japanese word kirigami to refer to designs which use cuts, although cutting is more characteristic of Chinese papercrafts.