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Traditional Origami Kimono Instructions
Learn how to make a pretty origami kimono with these easy to follow step by step instructions. There are a number of ways to fold a kimono in origami; this one produces quite a wide version.
The way this origami kimono turns out depends on how to fold at the start, as folding more or less will result in a smaller or larger collar and in turn, smaller sleeves.
You will need one sheet of square paper for this tutorial; a yukata classic uses red paper that is 20 x 20 cm. Thin origami paper is suggested for this, it would look especially nice with traditional yuzen paper.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Continue to 3 of 6 below.
- Starting white side up if you have one, fold the paper in half left to right and unfold.
- Now fold both the left and right edges into the middle.
- Make sure it's all lined up.
- Flip the paper over to the other side.
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Make the Collar
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- Fold the top edge down a little, this will be the collar of the kimono.
- Flip the paper over, left to right.
- Fold the top right corner down to the middle crease.
- The collar should be visible in the middle.
- Repeat on the left side.
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Continue to 5 of 6 below.
- Holding the top point, bring the bottom behind it. Leaving a gap at the bottom.
- Bring the top edge down behind and align with the bottom edge.
- Make crease where indicated, it's doesn't have to be exact.
- This is about right.
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Invert Your Creases
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- Open up the back and invert the creases you just made. Flatten the model again.
- Bring one layer down from the top right.
- Leaving the back layer in place.
- Flatten out as shown.
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- Fold the layer underneath the 'sleeves' behind, keeping aligned with the bottom edge.
- Fold the top edge over to the back, avoiding the collar.
You should now have a neat little origami kimono. If yours didn't turn out so neat, give it another go, origami takes patience and practice.