|The Public Paperfolding History Project
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the origami design known as 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 developed from a version of the Newspaper Hat.
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 walletYou can also crush the bottom and obtain a sort of container.' It is not clear if the accuracy of this statement can be relied on.
The same design and diagrams also appeared in 'Les Petits Secrets Amusants' by Alber-Graves, which was published by Librairie Hachette in Paris in 1908.
The same design appears as the 'Turban or Japanese Purse' in 'Teach Yourself Origami: The Art of Paperfolding' by Robert Harbin, which was published by The English Universities Press in 1968.