Hexagonal Origami Box with Lid #3, #4
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About the decorative hexagonal origami gift box
The box is made up from twelve 15cm square origami papers - six for the lid and six for the base. No cutting, glue or adhesive tape is used.
Although Japan has a long tradition of paper folding, the design of the box is modern, by Tomoko Fuse 布施 知子, who is a renown unit origami designer and artist. Unit origami is a method of building up models using pre-folded components or units.
If you are an accurate and consistent paper folder, but are new to unit origami, and you would like to make your own box, I would recommend her book "Origami Boxes" [# ISBN-10: 0870408216 - # ISBN-13: 978-0870408212] as an excellent introduction. Connecting the units together can be a bit fiddly at first, and the book also includes designs for more simple square and triangular boxes, which give the opportunity to practice and develop the skills needed for doing more complex assembly. Judging by the high prices [as of March 2012], on bookfinder the book seems to be out of print, but only relatively recently, as I bought a new copy a few years ago from Amazon, so it is worth looking around for. The design may also be published in other books. (Also note that there is also a different design for a similar hexagonal box using only two sheets of paper each for the lid and base.
She has also created and written about very much more complex models. "Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations" [ISBN-10: 0870408526 - ISBN-13: 978-0870408526] is considered a classic text on the subject.
Paper making was a traditional supplemental business for farmers in Japan during the winter. The very cold water during that season enabled the fibres in the pulp to be soaked without becoming subject to decay, and some also argue that cold shrinks the fibres, creating a finer, crisper paper.