Much of the early history of origami remains nebulous. It is thought, however, that the art’s origins took root during the early seventh century, as the technique of paper making was introduced to
For the most part, early uses for origami were for formal and practical purposes; folding letters and other paper items was a common practice. This changed with the beginning of the
The folds which had been developed prior to the
The beginning of modern origami were developed by Akira Yoshizawa in the 1930’s. He is responsible for the creation of thousands of modern day techniques and patterns for folding. In addition, he developed the system of pictures of folding with arrows in origami books which is still used today. Yoshizawa’s and other artists' contributions to paperfolding have served to maintain origami as an important part of Japanese culture and have helped to spread the art around the world.