Kusudama and the Wonderful Art of Modular Origami

Kusudama is an ancient Japanese form of paper folding which is still practiced today.  As time passed the form evolved in to something that looks similar to origami but has a very different set of rules.

Quazen has some great pictures of both Kusudama and modular origami, into which it evolved:

The form of Kusudama goes back to before written history. The general consensus is that they were used to hold bunches of herbs or flowers as urban culture

took hold. With urbanization the desire for objects with both utility and beauty took greater hold. Before this the plants would have been hung on their own and the kusudama evolved as an aesthetically pleasing receptacle for both potpourri and incense.

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From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by taliesyn30.

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Oh my goodness, after being a kusudama kit at Epcot Center in 2004, we finally deciphered the instructions. The result was that exact origami ball. I now have about 20 floating around in my house. It's a great stress reliever.

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