Creasing Cur­rency

Asian Geographic - - BEST OF ART -

Re­vis­ited

No.88 Is­sue 3/ 2012

Ti­tle

Origami with a valu­able twist

Text and Pho­tos

Yo­suke Hasegawa In 105 AD, Tsai Lun, a ser­vant of the Chinese em­peror’s court, in­vented the pa­per­mak­ing process from which prim­i­tive forms of the pa­per fold­ing art of origami also orig­i­nated. As with so many other Chinese in­ven­tions, this pa­per­mak­ing process even­tu­ally spread to Korea, Viet­nam and Ja­pan. Bud­dhist monks car­ried pa­per to Ja­pan in the sixth cen­tury, and it would be around the same pe­riod that origami re­ally took off. The very first Ja­panese origami was used for re­li­gious cer­e­mo­nial pur­poses only be­cause of the high cost of pa­per at that time.

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