didaks2014_(37)So what are “didactics”, you ask? It’s the theory and practical application of teaching and learning. Like all members of our team, most people fold for recreational purposes, but we also believe that paper folding can have an important place in education, as well as research, health and other areas. Our group aims to promote this wider use of folding, as well as studying the documentation and history of the art.

The aim of this site is to draw together information from the different folding didactic groups around the world and to provide a place to share resources. Please use our forum if you wish to discuss anything (you need to register first).

Pages from a specific country will be in their language, but you can easily choose your own language from the translation option on the right. Please let us know if your group would like to be added to this site and happy folding!

Folding Didactics

Origami and statistics – ORIGANOVA

Mario Cigada is an italian physician, who often has to teach statistics and so has written a small booklet:
“An introduction to statistics with origami – ORIGANOVA”. You can download the book (free) from here.

It’s a fascinating document that will surely be of great use to anyone working in the field of statistics.

Mario was born in Milan, 1959 and took a degree in Medicine and Surgery in Milan in 1983 with specialisation in Ophthalmology in 1987. From 1985 he sent ten years of programming with the APL language at a software company called Italian APL. He attended the European School of Hypnotic Psychotherapy of AMISI between 1988 -1991 and has been a psychotherapist and opthalmist since 1992.

Chinese crafts in Holland: paper making, paper folding & embroidery

The Crafts Council Nederland organized the second Crafts Campus in Wilhelminaoord (Holland) during the 12th – 17th July 2017 for fashion and design students, professionals, folders and anyone who wants to develop their skills. In this short, intensive course received a lot of knowledge of Chinese traditional techniques and new applications like by the Miao and Dong people: paper making, folding, dyeing, embroidery. Marieke de Hoop, Ien Rappoldt, Xiaoxian Huang and Joan Sallas were the teachers.

Lots of crafts come together in the making of different stiles of the Chinese method of combined folding boxes, in south China made from leaves of the mulberry tree, with the exterior of indigo from Guizhou and Yunnan and the whole decorated with embroidered patterns that are also used on the clothing of the Miao people. The combined folding boxes from north China are folded mostly with the flower box unit and its variations. The first two days the participants started collecting materials in the environment and making with them own paper. The next days the participants learn how to fold a north and south Chinese method of combined boxes, as well as dye and embroider a lot of samples in the ways of the Miao and the Dong Chinese ethnic minorities.

In addition to the program, Marieke de Hoop offered a Orikadabra theater for all the participants, Ien Rappoldt gave a conference on Miao and Dong embroidery and Joan Sallas gave an introduction on european napkin renaissance and baroque folding technics. Five days in a wonderful place with enthusiastic participants and through interesting activities.

During the evenings the teachers analyzed, compared and described ca. 150 original old Chinese samples of combined folding boxes (针线 包, zhēn xiàn bāo) from the collections in the PaDoRe archive in Badalona (Catalonia) and from Ien’s Rapppoldt Archive in Vledder (Holland).

Froebelian influence on Chinese paper folding

Xiaoxian Huang and Joan Sallas have begun a study of Chinese paper folding and the influence of the work of Friedrich Froebel had upon it. Read here the first part of this story about old chinese folding books. A second part about Froebelian folding elements in China, a third part about the origin of the Chinese junk and a fourth part about Chinese own folding elements will follow it.


The 1000 faces of Zhen Xian Bao – 28 December 2016

The second day of the Zhen Xian Bao conference in Rotterdam. Main subjects: China travel experience, Zhen Xian Bao variations, concepts and embroidery. Renée Brilleman presented her travel experience in Guizhou and the local paper making factory, Paula Versnick presented her non glued alternative to Zhen Xian Bao. Joan Sallas explained about the Chinese folding history in relation to Zhen Xian Bao.

Ien Rappoldt talked about forgotten stitches and wearable folds in the minorities costumes from southwest China. An exhibition about North and South Chinese Zhen Xian Bao, Chinese Froebelian books and embroidery. Alongside this were the practice workshops and the theory conferences. Dennis Boom from Rijnmond Radio, Rotterdam interviewed Marieke de Hoop.

The 1000 faces of Zhen Xian Bao – 27 December 2016

The first day of the Zhen Xian Bao conference in Rotterdam. Main subjects: paper & paper making. Marieke de Hoop taught about the qualities of paper required to fold the Zhen Xian Bao and Ien Rappoldt taught about how the South Chinese ethnic national groups Miao & Dong make paper to fold the Zhen Xian Bao. A lot of concepts to learn and a lot of of ideas to develop!

Joan Sallas