Traditions Handcraft Gallery carries artists that work with paper as a medium. Some types of work represent hand crafted cards, limited edition hand crafted books and origami art.
Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they eventually formed the word, “origami.” It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding.
Paper was first invented in China around 105 A.D., and was brought to Japan by monks in the sixth century. Handmade paper was a luxury item only available to a few, and paper folding in ancient Japan was strictly for ceremonial purposes, often religious in nature.
By the Edo period (1603–1868), paper folding in Japan had become recreational as well as ceremonial, often featuring multiple cuts and folds. It came to be regarded as a new form of art that was enabled by the advent of paper both mass-produced and more affordable.