Types of Origami

LEARNING ORIGAMI

Types of Origami

Traditional/Classic

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These models are the starting point of this wonderful, enjoying paper art. Models that are passed down from the past long ago. It include models of any types like cranes, ball, jumping frog, pajarita, 2 pcs ninja star and multiple pcs double-barreled gun. These models are most suited for beginners as they usually takes less than 20 steps to fold and basic origami bases such as preliminary base, waterbomb base, bird base, fish base and frog base can be learned from these models.

Unit/Modular

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This type of origami involves the folding of a basic unit or module, then by duplicating these basic units, it is possible to form certain geometrical models by assembling the units together thus the name unit or modular. Quite often the basic unit is easy to make, the real fun and challenge comes from assembling them. The locking of the units are also an interesting feature of this type. The models are normally only stable when nicely assembled. There are also boxes and quilts design that are modular.

Tessellation/Geometric

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Tessellations of a flat surface also know as tiling with one or more geometric shapes with no overlap and no gaps. The tiling formed patterns, often repeated patterns. This type of models are usually geometric in nature and are folded from a single piece of paper. Many of them are done by “pleating” the paper, usually paper is divided into parts. Every parts of the square are folded with the same crease patterns repeatedly to get the finished model. They are usually difficulty to fold since it consists mainly folding of crease patterns of the pattern design. There are some that use modular units to make the patterns. In recently years, more people are exploring and folding tessellations as the end result are usually beautiful.

Representational

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Representational models are models that are design of the subject of interest. The difficult ranges from simple to complex. A more detailed representation of the subject will usually be a more complex module. These models can range from animals, insects, human figures and non-living objects. The completed complex models are often very detailed in features, thus making them difficult to fold. Due to the increasing complexity of models, many of them are now quite often folded from crease patterns.

Compound

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Compound models are different from modular models in that multiple different units rather than same units are folded, then assembled to form the final models. Some rather popular compound models are skeleton of dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus, cartoon figures and robots. The individuals unit that need to be folded can range from simple to complex, unlike the ones in modular origami.

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