Sunday, May 17, 2009

Origami coaster

Years ago at the Nikkei Centre we were given a kaleidoscopic origami creation made by an elderly local Japanese-Canadian lady. "Traditionally" the ladies around here made them from salmon tin labels, I suppose since prior to internment in this area many of the internees worked in the fishery and in canning plants. The one we were given has lingered on our mantel ever since. Yesterday Sophie carefully unfolded it to figure out how it was made. Then, not having salmon tin labels, she used 34 sheaves of drug-company doctor-notepad paper to create her own.


  1. Anonymous1:07 p.m.

    This is extraordinary detective work! And what an interesting connection to BC history as well.


  2. I love the origami coaster. I remember making this coaster many years ago, but I forgot how to fold it. Ask Sophie if she would be kind enough to post the folding diagram. Thank you for posting the beautiful origami coaster. GOD BLESS ALL!


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