Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Paper Frills / Manchettes
This 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. Thank you.

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.