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 the The Turban. 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.
The Turban is similar to the Mitre except that it has pockets at the front into which both the left and right edges / points can be tucked.
As far as I am aware this design first appears in an issue of the French children's magazine 'Mon Journal' most probably in 1900, although I have not been able to verify the exact date, where it is called the 'Bonnet de Police / Bourse'. The author explains that 'This headwear being unknown to the Japanese, they invert it and make a flat purse or a wallet.' It is not clear if the accuracy of this statement can be relied on.
Booklet 6 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932, includes two variants of the design, a 'Mitre de Monseigneur' (Bishop's or Cardinal's Hat) and a 'Bonnet de Police'.
The same two variations also 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.
Gorro de Pintor (Painter's Hat)