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Origami Days

Nov 11

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“A master of origami said he tried to express with paper the joy of life, and the last thought before a man dies.”
~ Tor Udall, A Thousand Paper Birds

Today's origami techniques include action origami, wet-folding, kirigami (paper cutting), tessalation-style, moneygami (money folding), and Golden Venture (3D origami), and many more. Although this Golden Venture thistle is beyond most of our capabilities, popular Scottish-themed origamis which anyone can do are kilts, Scottie dogs, and Loch Ness Monsters!


October 24th through November 11th marks the season of World Origami Days, an international celebration of the Japanese art of paper folding.

Traditional Japanese origami has been practiced since the Edo period (1603–1867).  It includes paper-folding only designs as well as paper-cutting techniques and starting with non-square shapes. 

Today, many different forms of origami are practiced:


  • Action - which includes origami that flies, requires inflation to complete, or, when complete, uses the kinetic energy of a person's hands, applied at a certain region on the model, to move a section

  • Modular - putting a number of identical pieces together to form a complete model

  • Wet-folding - for producing models with gentle curves

  • Pureland - adds the restrictions that only simple mountain/valley folds may be used, and all folds must have straightforward locations

  • Tessalations - a collection of figures filling a plane with no gaps or overlaps

  • Kiragami - paper-cutting

  • Technical - in which the model is conceived as an engineered crease pattern, rather than developed through trial-and-error

  • Moneygami - using paper bills for designs

See below for a Loch Ness Monster origami tutorial. 


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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the


Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 


Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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