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

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

Second Course on the History of Origami at Origamiteca

Laura Rozenberg’s First Class: November 4th, Buenos, Aires, Argentina