Ningyou (人形) - Japanese Origami Dolls.
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Origami comes from two Japanese words: oru meaning to fold and kami meaning paper. In this session we are making origami ningyou.

We are practising with plain paper until our beautiful Japanese origami papers arrive...

Here are our new characters:

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Kimono (literally "worn thing") are an ancient form of Japanese

clothes. Kimono consist of a shapeless robe with sewn-on

sleeves which is tied with a belt (the obi).

The obi is tied in the back ,often knotted in elaborate bows.

In the past, both men and women wore kimono, but today they

are worn mainly for special occasions.

Kimono lapels need to cross left over right. The only time

the lapels are crossed right to left is if you're dressing them for

their own funeral! So be careful!

Younger women wear brighter colours and tie their obi higher up.

Ningyou - step-by-step.

First - the kimono...

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Second - the obi...

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The male version (almost step-by-step)...

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Done!

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