Ocho from Kayaragusa

Ocho from Kayaragusa is a noteworthy origami model because it is one of the first examples of representational origami. The instructions on this page shows how to make Ocho – the male butterfly similar to the one shown in the 1845 publication Kayaragusa.

This information is derived from “Wrapping Origami” by Yoshihide Momotani (1993). Momotani describes for 3 pairs of paper butterflies:
  • Classical Mecho & Ocho (from Kayaragusa)
  • Formal Mecho & Ocho (Traditional), and
  • Regular Mecho & Ocho (Traditional)

The Classical Ocho is shown below. In his book, Momotani uses white paper with a red border; however, it is likely that the original butterflies made in the 1800’s were made with white paper only. Most ceremonial folds from that era were made with white-only paper.


Instructions to Fold Ocho from Kayaragusa


In step 4, fold only the top layers. Allow the back flaps to swivel towards the front.




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
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