Origami originated in China as Zhe Zhi, in the first or second century AD, and it reached Japan in the sixth century. Over the next few hundred years, origami became familiar in many aspects of Japanese culture. By the Heian period of Japanese history, origami was a significant aspect of Japanese ceremony. Samurai warriors would exchange gifts adorned with noshi, a sort of good luck token made of folded strips of paper. Origami butterflies were used during the celebration of Shinto weddings to represent the bride and groom. In the 1960’s the art of origami began to spread out, first with modular origami and then with various movements developing, including the kirikomi.
One of the better-known origami figures is a crane. To fold thousands origami cranes, and attach them together with a thread called Senbazuru.