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Crease Patterns

The origami crease pattern has an ancient history, going back to the very beginnings of origami itself. Before there were step-by-step diagrams, there were crease patterns, which served, variously, as a guide to the folder, and as decorative item form in itself. Even today, the fold-dyed paper known as itajime-washi reveals its initial crease pattern whether folded, flat, or however used. Today, however, they provide a glimpse into the mind of the origami creator, whether you are an origami artist seeking to replicate (or approximate, or build upon, or go beyond) another's work, or simply an aficionado of pattern, form, symmetry, and/or beauty. The sections linked from this page provide an entree into the world of origami crease patterns, whatever your interest or motivation.