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Constructing Hexagrams / Stars of David by Folding Paper
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the construction of Stars of David by folding paper. 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.



As far as I know this design first appears in the historical record, in the interwoven form, in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.



In the version that apperas in 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892, the internal flaps are squashed for decorative effect and are consequently not interwoven.



A version of the design where the internal flaps are squashed to avoid the interweaving, although not in a particularly decorative way, appears in 'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895. The right hand picture shows a craft project where several of these designs have been nested together.


Three part modular design - 1924

'Joujoux En Papier' by Tom Tit, which was published in Paris by Paul Lechevalier in 1924, contained diagrams for 'L'Etoile A Devider', a two part modular Star of David folded from equilateral triangles.



Both the interwoven and the squashed and not interwoven versions 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.