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Washi Greeting Cards by Kimiko Side—Set of 4—Origami

  • 1950

In Japan, handmade washi paper is the traditional material to use for origami, the art of paper folding. Two of the cards in this set feature an origami happi, a traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat. For the other two cards, the artist has cut washi paper shapes to evoke an origami crane or tsuru, a bird that frequently symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Japanese art and literature. The colors and designs of the washi paper used in the origami cards vary widely. Dimensions of the cards are 5 ½ in x 4 ¼ in. Most cards open horizontally, but a few open vertically. Each card is blank inside, comes with an envelope, and is protected by a cellophane wrapper, and each is a work of art suitable for framing.

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