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The Monk's Hat

This page attempts to record what is known about the history of the origami designs known as the Monk's Hat. 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.

This design is derived from the Japanese House.


In China (and in books by Chinese authors)


Diagrams for the Monk's Hat appear in 'Zhe zhi tu shuo' (Illustrated Paperfolding), compiled by Gui Shaolie, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in Ming guo 3 (1914).


In Japan (and in books by Japanese authors)


As far as I know this design first appears in 'Shukouka no Liron Oyobi Jissai' (Handicraft Theory and Practice) by Kuniho Nakamura and Shinpei Ito, which was published by Kofukan in Tokyo in 1903.