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Chinese Modular Origami

Features and limitations

Under modular origami meant folding model of identical modules, which can be of various types (depending on what will be collected).This feature modular origami differs from the general multisheeted origami.The modular origami is not necessarily that the modules were absolutely identical.Creating complex three-dimensional module products origami need glue, as well as other means of connection.The connecting means may be required, for example, when creating Kusuda.Creating a more simple products, such as flat products cube Sonobe, the connecting means are not required.These products are easy to keep because of the friction force, which is created when connecting modules.But if you create more panels of hundreds or even thousands of modules, it is recommended that you use glue or other connection means.

How will the product depends on the method of connection modules.Products Modular origami are three-dimensional, and are flat.Flat modular origami represented as polygons (the

y are also called stand), stars, rings, turntables.Three-dimensional modular origami presented regular polyhedra, as well as their compositions.

little history

first time about modular origami mentioned in 1734 in a Japanese book which contained an engraving drawn by a group of traditional products of origami and among them was a modular cube.The book was presented to the cube in two perspectives described "tamatebako" ("magic treasure chest").

In 1965 published another book, which is likely, too, was depicted the same cube, but he was called "Cubic box."Six modules that are required for the construction of the cube were made of "Mankiw" - traditional Japanese figures.Each module - this is one the verge of getting a cube.Kusudama - is also a traditional form of modular origami.

In Chinese tradition of paper folding, too, there are some items of modular origami, such as Pagoda, or the lotus, which is made of "paper of happiness."

Modular origami has a long history, however, traditional figures mainly consist of a paper sheet.Features Modular origami stood in place until 1960, this technique does not reopen.Since then began to develop a modular origami and gained popularity.Today, this technique is represented by thousands of works.


Kusudama - the most common product of modular origami.It represents the volumetric shape of the spherical form.The figure is assembled from several paper colors.Such voluminous balls, folded paper, in ancient Japan were used to treat patients.Inside Kusudama placed herbs, and the product itself hung over the bed of the patient.Kusudama usually consists of regular polyhedra (basically a cube, icosahedron, dodecahedron).Less often taken as a basis Kusudama semiregular polyhedron (depending on the complexity and the complexity of creation).

Kusuda consists of several parts that are glued or stitched together with thread, and not inserted into each other.Currently Kusudama any product called modular origami, which has the shape of a ball.

module Sonobe

Sonobe - is a parallelogram that has two pockets in order to connect to other parallelograms.

This system of modular origami was developed by the Japanese one.This system can be constructed at any three-dimensional article.The basis of the product will serve as a module Sonobe, well, or its variant.

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