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Fold and Cut Mon / Japanese Crests
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of Fold and Cut Mon / Japanese Crests. 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 Japanese print from 1841 shows three women, or perhaps children at play. The standing figure is playing with string, the figure at bottom right is folding paper. A completed Paper Crane and what appear to be a Sanbo on Legs and a Crab lie on the floor. The figure on the left is holding scissors and a square of paper folded up and ready to be cut into the shape of a crest. Three completed crests lie on the floor at her feet. Source: Catalogue of an exhibition on paperfolding history held in Tatsuno City History and Culture Museum in 1999. According to this catalogue the wording mentions that 'the central angle can be divided into 3 or 5 equal parts'.