This page gives instructions on how to fold Noshi 1. The method of folding was determined by reverse engineering; it is not knowledge derived from an individual who is familiar with the ancient art of noshi folding. Thus, the methodology will produce the “look” but it may not represent the “way” it should be folded.
Traditionally, noshi was made with two rectangular sheets of paper, one was red and the other was white. The two sheets were placed one on top of the other and folded as if they were one. This was necessary probably because they did not have double sided origami paper paper. Shown above is one square sheet of paper with red on one side and white on the other side.
As shown on the last image, the completed noshi often has a strip of textured paper inserted into the wrapper. This strip of paper (often yellow in color) represents stretched and dried abalone (shellfish). The entire wrapper is bound with a strip of paper (often gold or silver in color). The noshi wrapper can also be bound with Mizuhiki. Mizuhiki is a bundle of stiff string knotted in a decorative manner.
In Japanese culture, noshi is a decorative element attached to gifts. It can be attached to gifts for weddings, for births, and for other congratulatory events. Noshi is given as a token of good luck.
Very few people fold their own noshi, rather they can be purchased the same way an American might buy a bag of gift bows to attach to Christmas presents. It is believed that Noshi wrappers were used in Japan as early as the 12th century.