The origins of paper folding are related to the invention of paper in China dating back to 2000 BCE. However, the introduction of paper in Japan was not made until the 6th century by Shinto monks. At the time, paper was considered as rare and expensive product generally used by high society. The first folds were mainly vessels and ritual objects, either for table decoration or for Shinto religious ceremonies.
The word Origami comes from the Japanese 折るwhich means folding and 紙 which means paper. Origami is an art in its own right in Japan and is still taught in some schools. Requiring neither gluing nor cutting, origami combines creativity and precision of gesture.