THE PHILOSOPHER AND ORIGAMI, FOLDING IDEAS AND PAPERS

"Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible".

This is a quote from Miguel de Unamuno, one of the most important writers in the history of Hispanic literature, a great thinker, novelist, essayist, philosopher, poet, professor of Greek and with a hobby that went beyond the term hobby: papiroflexia or, as widely known, origami.

Origami is considered an art, somewhat later than painting and sculpture, because paper simply did not exist, it was invented in China around 500 BC. It consists of folding paper into various shapes. And Unamuno gave it another name: cocotology, from the French cocotte, which means hen... or paper bird. And he contributed to the expansion of this art throughout the Hispanic world.





We were talking about paper created in China and there they began to fold it in the 1st century until about 500 years later it reached Japan, where this art began to take shape slowly but firmly until it reached its peak, which is... right now.

In Japan it is called origami (from oru, to fold, and kami, paper), so it follows that “papiroflexia” and origami are the same thing. But not quite. In modern origami, "scissors are taboo", "glue is unthinkable" and "paint is to be avoided".


Origami became a tradition, but it was not until the end of the 18th century that it began to be documented in the book Senbazuru Orikata. The new era was marked by the genius of origami, Akira Yoshizawa, in the 1950s, when he invented a symbology to represent the folds of paper for the creation of paper figures that is still valid today.


Nowadays, the diffusion via internet and the use of computers in complex designs together with the incorporation of mathematics and the optimization of paper have incorporated technique to the art, because it is still an art.


We have origami in yolovivo and nothing more and nothing less than from the heart of Japan and with Manami-San, a master and scholar of origami who will introduce us to this art live.

5 views

Recent Posts

See All