Origami Heaven

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The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 
Paper Clothing and Personal Accessories
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history folded paper clothing. 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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Designs from Japan

1931

'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931, contains:

Jiyuban (Undershirt)

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Kimono

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Designs from Western Europe / USA

The Scent Bottle - 1873 onwards

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The Short Sleeved Shirt - 1873 onwards

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The Slipper - 1873

This design appears as 'Pantoffel' (The Slipper) in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.

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1877

This design appears as 'Hemd' in part 2 'Die Praxis' of 'Theoretisches und praktisches Handbuch der Fröbelschen Erziehungslehre' by Bertha von Marentholtz-Bülow, which was published by George H Wigand in Kassel in 1887.

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La Petaca (The Pocket) - 1907 onwards

This design first appears in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in issue 191 of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' for February 1907, which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando.

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A similar design appears in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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La Camisa de Caballero - 1939

'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, contains a two-piece design for 'La Camisa de Caballero' (The Gentleman's Shirt).

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El baston - 1939

'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, contains a design for a twisted paper walking stick.

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1956

'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, contains:

Pair of Shorts (from a banknote). Attributed to Orville Meyer, U.S.A.

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The Cowboy Trousers (from a banknote). Attributed to Rolf Harris.

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Arabian Headdress. Attributed to Rolf Harris.

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