Have you ever heard about Origami? And what about Origami with towels, instead of paper? Well, that’s an art, believe us! But let us start by the beginning: Origami is a Japanese word, which defines a special form of paper art, composed of two characters. The first is “ori” and it means “to bend”. The second is “kami” and it means “paper”, but also “spirit”. Together, like you already understood, they form and expression similar to “bend or folding paper”.
The history of Origami can be divided into three major periods. During the Heian period (794-1185), Origami was a fun and relaxing activity usually adopted by the upper classes, the people that could buy paper, which was a luxury item. At the time, some Origami models were introduced into religious ceremonies, like Shinto, and into Samurai ceremonies, as well as into the famous tea ceremonies.
Later, in the Muromachi period, from 1338 to 1576, paper became more accessible and Origami began to be used to distinguish the different social classes, being used to produce the adornments that people wore. The “democratization” of Origami only happened during the Tokugawa Period, between 1603 and 1867, when the first books about this art were published.
After Japan, Muslims also started practicing this art and brought it to Spain, but the paper could only be folded for mathematical and astronomical purposes. After the Arabs were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish developed this art and that’s how Origami started to spread across the world, now reaching you and showing how to nicely fold your towels. Nowadays, people from all over the world dedicate their time to Origami in several ways, from the mathematical study of the folds to the development of new shapes. And you can also spend your free time learning more with the help of our awesome infographic. Have fun!