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So if Origami means "the art of paper folding", why do you sometimes CUT the paper instead of folding it? Answered

I'm just curious.  I understand origami means the art of paper folding, therefore why do we sometimes CUT the paper instead of FOLDING it? Shouldn't origami mean "the art of cutting and folding of paper" if we cut it too?


In true origami the paper is NEVER cut - Indeed a purist would regard this as almost a sin.

Perfect response, what the author came across may be kirigami.

Thank you for all the answers, everyone! The question is answered! :D

Who are the "we" who sometimes cut, and what do you mean by starting the question with "So"?
rick' has the right answer.


When I typed "we", I was refering to people that cut the paper. I guess I started the sentence with "So" out of habit? That's how I start out most of my questions.

So is a "follow-on", you say something first which might be "I thought that proper origami only involved folding." then "So why do-"

(I'm just being picky abut grammar because it annoys me, nothing personal)