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The Kimono
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Kimono. 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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1884

As far as I know this design first appears in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was copyrighted on October 4th Meiji 17 (1884) and published by Fukuda Senzo in August of Meiji 18 (1885).

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1912

A drawing of the Kimono appears in a monozukushi-e print, by an unknown artist, but said to be from the Meiji era. I have temporarily assigned it the date of 1912, the last year of that era, pending the discovery of more accurate information.

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1931

A version of the same design, but folded from a 1x3 rectangle, appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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1951

The Kimono design also appears:

In 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.

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1958

In 'Origami: Book Two' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1958

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1964

In 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964.

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1965

This design also appears in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965, along with a second version of the design which is called 'Jacket'.

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