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|The Froebelian Occupation of Tressage (Braiding)|
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.