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The Plaited Belt
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the fold and weave design known as the Plaited Belt. 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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As far as I know the design first appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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The April 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine contained an article, entitled 'Folding Paper is Fun for Everyone', in which the same design appeared. I learned about this article from Oschene.

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The design also appears as 'La Ceinture' in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.

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