Origami paper is the stuff that one folds origami out of. While it is true that you can fold origami out of nearly any kind of paper, they make special paper for purpose in Japan and China.

There are different kinds of origami paper. There is the stuff you see in art supply stores, that's very thin and usually got different colors on one side. There's also metallic papers, which are also very thin. Finally there are heavy, printed papers, which are quite beautiful and have stylized patterns. These are a joy to work with.

There's a kind of joy also in folding origami out of scraps of paper you find lying around or from candy bar wrappers or other strange materials. Or is that just the look on bystanders' faces?

A popular kind of paper with the origami mastahs who make their own is a three or more layer laminate paper made with two thin layers of rice paper, often patterned, with a middle layer of metal foil. The advantage to this paper is that it retains creases very easily, unlike raw rice paper which requires more force (which is difficult especially for fine details or awkward corners), but it isn't as prone to tearing or inadvertent creasing (foil shows any crease made, while rice paper hides, to a degree, small adjustments or intermediary steps) as raw foil paper.

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