A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of Paper Lanterns. 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.
In Western Europe
In his book 'Physiologia Epicuro-Gassendo-Charltonia', published in 1654, Walter Charleton wrote 'fold the Cloth, as Boyes do paper for Lanterns. Source: Journal of the Northern Renaissance, Issue 8 (2017) - 'Scrutinizing Surfaces A unique instance of art: The Proliferating Surfaces of Early Modern Paper' by Helen Smith (www.northernrenaissance.org/a-unique-instance-of-art-the-proliferating-surfaces-of-early-modern-paper/).