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Hexagrams / Stars of David
This page is being used to collect information about the history of hexagrams / Stars of David made by folding paper. 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.



As far as I know this design first appears in the historical record, in the interwoven form, in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.



In the version that apperas in 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892, the internal flaps are squashed for decorative effect and are consequently not interwoven.



A version of the design where the internal flaps are squashed to avoid the interweaving, although not in a particularly decorative way, appears in 'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895. The right hand picture shows a craft project where several of these designs have been nested together.



'Joujoux En Papier' by Tom Tit, which was published in Paris by Paul Lechevalier in 1924, contained diagrams for 'L'Etoile A Devider', a two part modular Star of David folded from equilateral triangles.



Both these interwoven and squashed versions appear 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.




A Star of David decoration titled 'Les etoiles imbriquees' appears in 'Occupons nos doigts' by Raymond Richard which was published by Les Editions du Cep Beaujolais in Villefranche-sur-Rhone in 1951.