A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
|Paper Frills / Manchettes|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of Paper Frills / Manchettes. Please contact
me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if
you have any other information that should be added.
Paper Frills or Manchettes are fold and cut designs that are nowadays used to decorate the ends of joints of meat, particularly crown roasts of pork, but are said to have originally served a more practical purpose. Thus Wikipedia 'Manchettes were originally of practical use: they allowed a cut of meat to be held with one hand securely and without the hand becoming greasy, leaving the other hand free to carve meat from the bone.' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchette_(cuisine)
I have not managed to find any information about the origin of these fold and cut designs.