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Origami

Origami is art of paper folding. Invented by the Japanese, it first had a religious meaning, since the first folded models were used as offerings to spiritual entities. It was, moreover, that from this custom arose the accordion fan.

During the 7th century, origami became an entertainment art. Among the most famous figures we find the crane, a symbolic bird renowned for its long neck. In Japan, it was said that whoever folded 1,000 paper cranes would see his greatest wish come true.

The 20th century saw the development of the art of origami, taught to little Japanese children to stimulate creativity. Paper folding next arrived in Europe after World War II, and made many fans. Today, even in North America, origami enjoys great popularity.

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