Napkin Folding & Origami

Published: 16th November 2008
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Indeed what does origami have to do with napkin folding, restaurants and gourmet food?



The answer is presentation.



Long before this current season fashion trend which is looking East with its intricate fabric manipulations, the art of dressing ...a table had made use of origami patterns and folds via its napkin folding. Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with the aim of representing shapes using one piece of paper.



It is very likely that napkin folding originates from the art of Origami, The Victorian where enamoured with all things oriental and the first napkin foldind was recorded back to that period. It is easy to learn, you will only need to know a few folds, indeed there are only a few folds but they are used in many creative ways, you can start mastering napkin folding with this video



When I entertain, I am always on the look out for something which is going to make a difference and will be a talking point and this surely does, so I am ready with a few facts:



Napkins became a common sights in the 1800's though napkins had been around since the middle ages, it was only at the end of the 19th century that napkins were folded into shapes to give the table a touch of elegance.



The collective word for all household linen including: tablecloths, napkins etc. is napery, I think the word sounds lovely and we should use bring it back into fashion



Though it is not advised to use the most common origami shape that of a crane or the pig for your napkins, you can definitely work them into fans or double fans, candles, diner jackets, roses or bishop hats . It is great fun, have a go.



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