The art of paper

Origami, the art of paper folding, originated from Japan, has been popular since the early seventh century.

Samurai would exchange gifts with a form known as a noshi, a paper folded with a strip of dried fish or meat, as a good luck token. Shinto Noblemen would celebrate weddings by wrapping glasses of sake or rice wine in butterfly forms that had been folded to represent the bride and groom. As easier papermaking methods were developed, paper became less expensive and origami became a popular art for everyone. For centuries there were no written directions for folding origami models but passed down by example over the generations. Then, in 1797, a book was published containing the first written set of origami instructions. That book was “How to Fold 1000 Cranes.”

According to ancient legend, if a person folded 1000 cranes, they would be granted one wish.

 

Perhaps you first saw this magical technique as a child, did you make one of the famous paper Peace Cranes in school.

Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese "kiru" means to cut, "gami" means paper).

Mimi Greeting Cards offers hand-made pop up cards with inspirations of origami and kirigami art.

We turn ordinary pieces of paper into a joyful, surprising gifts.

You can find in our catalog a wide variety of inspirational and personalized gift cards for everyday and special occasions such as Birthday, Christmas, Love Cards, etc. Our Cards do not only send your messages in a very unique way, but are also great decoration art objects for your loved ones.

We also create personalized pop up wedding cards and stationary which will make part of your unforgettable day.