Origami crane - Wikimedia Commons

The origami is the traditional asian art of paper folding. "Ori" means folding in Japanese and "Gami" means paper. The true characters are : 折り紙 in Japanese kanji and are the same in Chinese. In fact, origami has its roots in ancient China but was popularized by Japanese people in the mid-1900s. This is why we all use the Japanase word instead of the Chinese "Zhezhi". Nowadays, the origami is widespread and considered as a modern form of art, but is also used in various engineering structures. The principe of this art is to turn a flat sheet of paper into a sculture, a three-dimensional shape. This is achieved by using foldings techniques and other sculture techniques such as cutting or gluing, but some enthusiasts do not consider creations made by gluing and cutting "true" origamis.

The possiblities of origami are infinite, starting from very easy models to extremely complex ones. Some basic origami folds are well-known such as the origami crane (image above) or the fortune teller and are considered as classics, who didn't, as a child, make a paper airplane using folded newspaper or a sheet from a notebook? The purpose of this site is simple : to introduce you to the world of origami and its limitless possibilities. You will find pages about its history and its place in asian culture but also pages about the different kinds of paper and origami categories. Finally you will be able to view some beautiful models. If you want details about the creation of this site, feel free to visit the "About" page.