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The Square Hat / Le Bonnet Carre
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as Le Bonnet Carre. 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.

Le Bonnet Carre appears to be a development of the Workman's Hat.

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A version of the Workman's Hat in which one flap is folded forwards and the other backwards, which makes the construction awkward, and the central flap is allowed to be upright rather than flattened, appeared under the title of 'Bonnet D'Eveque / Bonnet Carre' (Bishop's or Square Hat) in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel' by M P Martin, which was published by Armand Collin & Cie in Paris in 1893.

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The same design appears:

As 'Sombrero Cuadrado' (Square Hat) in 'Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Espaņol in Madrid in 1904.

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With the top flap flattened, in Booklet 4 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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In Booklet 2 of 'Figuras de Papel', a series of 3 booklets published by B Bauza in Barcelona in 1932.

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As 'Gorro de Base Cuadrada' in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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