Paper folding: Not just for maps

Our latest obsession here at Caoba is Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

Our new range of papers include plain, beautifully coloured squares in packs of 100 (perfect for practising and playing with colour) as well as exquisite kyo yuzen chiyogami papers. Chiyogami  is hand screened paper, kyo yuzen is the traditional elaborate dyeing method used for kimono fabrics. Put the two together and you get 15cm (6″) squares of intricately patterned delight.

A swag of cranes

A swag of cranes

Here’s how we make our cranes:

Start with the reverse side

Fig 1. Start with the reverse side

Fold in half diagonally

Fig 2. Fold in half diagonally

Fold in half again

Fig 3. Fold in half again

Take the top flap and fold down...

Fig 4. Take the top flap and fold down…

...into a square

Fig 5 …into a square

Repeat for the reverse side

Fig 6. Repeat for the reverse side

Fold the sides of the top layer into the centre

Fig 7a. Fold the sides of the top layer into the centre

Fold the sides of the top layer into the centre

Fig 7b. Fold the sides of the top layer into the centre, to create a crease

Make a crease along the top to make the next stage easier

Fig 8. Make a crease along the top to make the next stage easier

Lift up the top flap from the bottom and fold back along horizontal crease, easing the sides in as you do so

Fig 9. Lift up the top flap from the bottom and fold back along horizontal crease, easing the sides in as you do so

Flatten the folds into a kite shape

Fig 10. Flatten the folds into a kite shape

Repeat on the reverse side so the paper looks like this

Fig 11. Repeat on the reverse side so the paper looks like this

Fold one side of the kite into the middle

Fig 12. Fold one side of the kite into the middle

Repeat with the other side of the kite

Fig 13. Repeat with the other side of the kite

Repeat these two folds on the reverse

Fig 14. Repeat these two folds on the reverse

Fold the front and reverse flaps over left to right so that the insides are uppermost

Fig 15. Fold the front and reverse flaps over left to right so that the insides are uppermost

It should look like a thin kite

Fig 16. It should look like this

Fold up the top flap so the bottom point meets the top ones.

Fig 17. Fold up the top flap so the bottom point meets the top ones.

Repeat on the reverse side

Fig 18. Repeat on the reverse side

Fold the front and reverse flaps over left to right so the inside is uppermost again

Fig 19. Fold the front and reverse flaps over left to right so the inside is uppermost again

Take one of the inner flaps and fold it out at an angle

Fig 20. Take one of the inner flaps and fold it out at an angle

Repeat on the other side

Fig 21. Repeat on the other side

Make an inverted fold on one of the points to create the crane's "head"

Fig 22. Make an inverted fold on one of the points to create the crane’s “head”

Fold the "wings" down so that they sit at 90 degrees from the body

Fig 23. Fold the “wings” down so that they sit at 90 degrees from the body

Gently pull the wings apart a little to fill out the body

Fig 24. Gently pull the wings apart a little to fill out the body

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