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

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A design which resembles a hat, made by folding the Cross in half upwards, appears in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.

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The shirt, which is made by folding the Cross in half downwards, appears in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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The Shirt is also pictured in a publication issued in 1878 by the kindergarten of the Tokyo Women's Normal School.

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There is mention of a Hat made by folding the Cross in half, in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd. No illustration is provided but it seems clear this must be the Shirt turned upside down.

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This design also appear in 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1891. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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