Origami

Origami is the art of paper folding, Ori meaning fold, and Gami meaning paper. It was brought over to Japan from China in the early seventh century and was used for only formal or practical purposes by wealthy people as paper was an expensive resource.

It was only in the Edo-period (1600-1868) that it changed from being simply practical to an exquisite and beautiful art form. It was used widely, especially since paper became cheaper and mass produced.

Rather than simple folds, paper also started taking forms such as of boats, flowers, animals, and birds including the crane which is now the global symbol of peace. Delegates can have fun learning how to make these with full guidance and instructions, and then take them home to enjoy.


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