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Origami paper bird Short-Sleeve Unisex T-Shirt. This Origami paper bird t-shirt is everything you've dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
Inspiration for T-shirt Grpahic Design
The origin of the Flapping Bird is a mystery. There are three possible theories:
1, The Flapping Bird is originally a Japanese design which was then imported into Western Europe.
2, The design was accidentally created by an unknown, Western European, most probably French, paperfolder while they were trying to remember how to fold an Orizuru or Paper Crane. This might be possible if they, perhaps, failed to remember the folds that thin the wings and then discovered that because of this error the wings would flap if the tail were pulled.
3, The design was created from scratch by an unknown, Western European, most probably French, paperfolder.
Theory 1 is supported by the reference to a Japanese origin in the earliest publication we know of (see below). However, there is no known evidence from Japan itself that the design was known there until the modern era.
Theory 2 is certainly possible. We have documentary evidence that the Orizuru or Paper Crane was known in France as early as 1868 or 1869. However, the early evidence consists of images not folding instructions. We do not know whether these images were drawn from actual folded designs or copied from similar images in Japanese prints or drawings.
Theory 3 is also possible. However, there is no evidence to support it.
The earliest known publication of diagrams for this design, and also the earliest known reference of any kind, occurs on page 336 of issue 621 of the French magazine La Nature of 25th April 1885 where it is called 'oiseau mecanique en papier' (mechanical paper bird). The article includes a wood cut print showing how the bird was to be held in order to make it flap and the information that it originated with 'les prestidigitateurs japonais' (Japanese conjurors). Source: Article by Christophe Curat and Michel Grand, who discovered this early reference, in Le Pli 131 of November 2013. English translations of the article appear in British Origami 286 of June 2014 and The Paper 116 of Summer 2014.
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