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Arts and Crafts

Thursday, November 18, 2010


It has only been since the past century that the term Kirigami came in to existance. Before that, the craft was still called and considered to be Origami.

Even though it finds its origine in Origami; it was frowned upon by the Origami artists, because it allows for making cuts in the paper which are not allowed in traditional Origami.

The very basics are the same: you start by folding the paper, but that is pretty much where the similarity ends. From there on out, the paper is cut with scissors or exacto knives, in order to create intricate, detailed, and elaborate objects.

Since it is an art by itself, there are books available with examples and instructions on the how and what of Kirigami. Patterns and instructions can easily be found online as well, some of which are simple enough for children to participate in.

So, there you have it; the difference between Kirigami and Origami is whether you fold and cut, or only fold the paper. Either way, both result in some astonishing art!

See also:
Kirigami II
Kirigami - Materials and Equipment

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