Mecho and Ocho are rarely seen except in formal ceremonies; however, these two butterflies are historically important since they are the first examples of representational origami.
• Classical Mecho & Ocho (from Kayaragusa)
• Formal Mecho & Ocho (Traditional), and
• Regular Mecho & Ocho (Traditional)
The terms “formal” and “regular” will be used to maintain consistency.
Instructions to Fold the Formal version of Mecho
4. Fold only the top layers. Allow the back flaps to swivel towards the front.
9. Allow the back flaps to swivel towards the front.
Some online stores sell sake serving kettles. On the kettles are two paper decorations which look almost exactly like formal Mecho and Ocho as described above.
Another visible difference is that these modern-day paper butterflies stop at step 7. This causes the tips of the wings to be closer to the body of the butterfly. In contrast, the formal Ocho and Mecho described above have the wing tips pointing away from the body of the butterfly. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see some of the old ways preserved in present day Japan.
Books about Origami Butterflies
- Butterfly Origami by Roman Diaz
- Butterflies in Origami by Nick Robinson
- Easy Butterfly Origami by Tammy Yee
- Origami Butterflies Mini Kit: Kit with Origami Book, and Instructional DVD by LaFosse and Alexander
- See books with origami butterflies