Origami Classification


Rick Nordal and the Origami-List (a newsgroup of approximately 800 members) has generated a list of types of origami. In the future, we hope to organize the list so that we can have a better understanding of how the art form is evolving.

  1. Traditional origami
  2. Simple origami models – 2 and 3 dimensional
  3. Complex origami models – 2 and 3 dimensional
  4. Technical origami
  5. Origami creativity
  6. Abstract origami
  7. Digital origami
  8. Fun origami
  9. Action origami models. ie. jumping frog – paper airplanes
  10. Origami models that make a sound
  11. Origami games
  12. Origami puzzles
  13. Origami stories
  14. Origami that uses square sheets of paper
  15. Origami that uses rectangular sheets of paper – $ Origami
  16. Using a round sheet of paper.
  17. Origami using specially shaped paper
  18. Tear-I-Gami — The tearing of “perforated sheets” of paper
    from each page of an origami book

  19. Single sheet origami
  20. Modular origami – where multiples of identical modules are pieced together
  21. Origami quilt
  22. Golden venture origami
  23. Composite origami where a model is made from two or more different pieces each folded in different ways
  24. Multimodular origami
  25. Commercial origami
  26. Non – comercial origami
  27. Origami for Friendship: Show others how to make origami at get togethers and parties to jump start conversations and to build relationships.
  28. Origami for Education
  29. Origami for science ( space ) and mathematics – ie. engineering, industrial design, computational (consumer goods)
  30. Origami for Everyday Use – boxes, shelves, vases, cards
  31. Origami for Health:Many therapists use paperfolding in their fields of medicine.
    Physical therapist use origami as a fun way to exercise hand muscles that they are trying to rehabilitate. ie. arthritis
  32. Origami for Politics: the use of origami (in particular, the peace crane) to send a political message.
  33. Fashion origami
  34. fabric orgami – stiffened and not stiffened
  35. Towel origami
  36. Napkin folding. i.e. individual napkins
  37. Pleated napkin folding of the Renaissance which was used for elaborate table-centre decorations
  38. Handkerchief folding
  39. Lace doileys
  40. Food Origami. ie.This ranges from folding eastern European
    Blintzes and Blineys (which gave the name to the “blintz” fold) to folding pancakes, cold meats and icing sugar
  41. Plastic origami
  42. Metal origami
  43. Straws (the plastic varity or paper)
  44. Wheat straw
  45. Palm weaving
  46. Strip or ribbon folding
  47. Swedish Stars
  48. Paper Weaving
  49. money folding… various currencies of the world.
  50. Business card origami
  51. Sticky Note origami

  52. Japanese religious folding
  53. Japanese formal wrappers
  54. Tsutsumi
  55. Japanese Noshi
  56. Japanese gomashio wrappers
  57. Sembazuru Origami
  58. Jewelry origami
  59. Anesama ningyo ( ” big sister doll ” ) – Japanese folk dolls that re made from simple materials, often paper, and unique to particular areas of the country
  60. Origami Sculpture – Eric Joisel
  61. Origami tessellation
  62. Crease pattern origami
  63. Wet folding: folding paper while it is wet.
  64. Grafting, Tiling, Circle Packing and Tree Theory – Analysed and by Robert Lang
  65. Box-pleating – Kosho Uchiyama
  66. Blintzed bases – introduced as early as the 1950’s and early 1960’s
  67. Paper crumpling – Vincent Floderer
  68. Pleated surface textures – Eric Joisel, Jean-Claude Correia
  69. Origami paper involving curves
  70. The folding of curved creases
  71. The folding of curved surfaces
  72. Multi-piece tessellations – ie. Mick Guy, M.C. Escher
  73. ‘Multipiece origami”, in which differently folded pieces are built together to form (say) a building or a scene. Yoshihide and Momotani are well-known exponents of this style of paper folding.
  74. Multiunit boxes. ie. Tomoko Fuse
  75. Linked Tetrahedra. ie. Tom Hull
  76. Kirigami
  77. Origamic Architecture ( also calleld paper architecture
  78. Tea-bag folding
  79. Shibori: originally, shibori refered to the shaped resist dyeing of fabric. For example, fabric is tightly bound with strings and selectively dipped in dye. See video here. The term is sometimes used to refer to the selective dyeing of polygon-folded paper as shown here
  80. Kokigami
  81. Pornogami

  82. Yoshihide
  83. Sumiko Momotani
  84. Origami profiles – John Smith
  85. Speed folding origami


    Books with Easy Origami

    • Easy Origami: over 30 simple projects by John Montroll
    • Origami Fun Kit for Beginners by John Montroll
    • My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern
    • Easy Origami: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids by C Alexander & M Meinking
    • Fun With Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)
    • Origami: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Art of Paper Folding by T Cook & S Henry
    • Easy Origami For Kids Book Traditional Japanese Folding Papers Overs 20 Projects by J Wish
    • Easy Origami for Kids: Over 40 Simple Origami Projects by O Brooks


    Easy Origami Books


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