Middle Ages paper folding?

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Middle Ages paper folding?

Postby Tamsyn Francoise » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:34 pm

Hi, I am a newbie and very gratefull to Nick to have created a forum related to origami teaching and history.
My interest in history in origami has been growing more and more thanks to David Lister and John Smith (among them)
Actually, I wish to find more information about to the Islamic/Moorish and Spanish paper folding related to the Middle Ages , as well as the Italian napkin folding in Renaissance.

Thanks for the help.
PS: french is my mother language, so forgive my spelling.
Tamsyn Francoise
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Re: Middle Ages paper folding?

Postby Edwin Corrie » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:47 pm

Bonjour Tamsyn,

For information about Medieval and Renaissance napkin folding, see the Napkin Folding section of this forum - and buy Joan's book "Gefaltete Schönheit", even if you don't understand German! Yes, I do know Joan, and yes, I am trying to publicise his book, because it's a very important contribution to the literature.

For Spanish paperfolding history, many of Vicente Palacios' books have introductions with a lot of useful material. He also has a new book called "Historia de la pajarita", which I don't have (yet) but which seems to be a compilation of a lot of his historical research. It's available from the publisher Salvatella:


Click on "Papiroflexia" and you'll see it together with several other books.
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Re: Middle Ages paper folding?

Postby jtbm71 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:59 pm

May be this should be interesting for you. It is about a model of a box found in an Illuminated medieval book (circa 1440). Althugh it has cuts, I consider it is the oldest western reference of how to fold something.

http://www.loggiaserena.com/Resume/Docu ... ingDoc.pdf
http://www.manor.frodelius.com/Classes/ ... perBox.pdf

Good luck,

José Tomas Buitrago
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