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The Froebelian Occupation of Tressage (Braiding)
This page attempts to record what is known about the Froebelian Occupation of Tressage (Braiding). Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

Tressage is the folding into braids of single, double and triple strips of paper. Arguably single strip designs are not braided designs, but they are included on this page in order to avoid unnecessarily creating another separate category of folds.



As far as I know this technique first occurs as a Froebelian occupation in 'Exercices et Travaux pour les Enfants Selon la Méthode et les Procédés de Pestalozzi et de Froebel' by Fanny and Charles Delon, which was published by Librairie Hachette in Paris in 1873. The chapter on Tressage gives examples of braids folded from single, double and triple strips.



Part 2 'Das Flechten' of 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1910, contains some illustrations of folded 'Bänder' (bands).



'Paper Folding Fun' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1960, contains an illustration of various designs folded from single and double strips