The art of folding paper to create shapes and figures. Use this tag for questions about folding techniques, materials, and tools. If folding is not the only/main form of manipulating the paper, do not use this tag.

Origami (ori: fold; kami: paper) questions should be about paper folding techniques, materials, and tools. Origami subjects that should use this tag can include (but are not limited to):

  • Paper selection
  • Crease patterns
  • Folding techniques (e.g., wet-folding)
  • Folding tools
  • Model design
  • Help with a specific diagram step
  • Randlett-Yoshizawa notation
  • Unit origami
  • Tesselation origami
  • Money origami
  • Abstract and freeform origami
  • Paper airplanes

To determine if this is the right tag for your question, ask yourself "is the main form of paper manipulation folding?". If yes, then it falls under origami.

Subjects that should NOT be tagged with origami include:

  • Kirigami — a "pop-up art" technique that includes both cutting and folding
  • Papercutting or silhouettes — creating artworks from paper only by cutting (use the tag).
  • Papercraft — creating artworks by cutting, folding, and gluing pieces of paper together into 3D models.
  • Papier-mâché (use the tag).
  • Paper sculpture

Subjects that are off-topic would be:

  • Model instruction requests (i.e., "How can I fold an elephant?"). This is too broad to be covered in a simple answer if someone were to give you a fold-by-fold. And there is no single "right" answer.

  • Model diagram requests. Same reasons as above with the addition that link-only answers are bad.

  • Questions about the mathematical theory behind origami are better served on math.SE, where they have a number of questions already tagged with [origami].

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