As some of you may know I have a section on my website devoted to origami 
history ( which contains pages in 
which I try to gather together what is known about certain topics or designs. I 
do this for my own enlightenment ... but the results are there for you to look 
at if you wish.

At the moment I have been looking at the topic of tsutsumi or Japanese 
ceremonial wrappers. Normally I mostly track and regurgitate things that are 
already known ... but in this case I seem to have stumbled upon something that 
isn't recorded in the usual sources ... and so I share it here.

The Met in New York has in its collection a scrapbook album of tsutsumi, 
accession number 2013.248.1-.25, about which the Met says, 'According to the 
inscriptions, this set of models served as the initiation into the art of 
origata for Kikuchi Fujiwara no Takehide by an Ogasawara master, and is dated 
the third month of 1697.' 

This is a lot earlier than the 1764 'Hoketsuki' (wrapping and tying) by Ise 
Sadatake which is usually given as the first hard evidence for tsutsumi.

The link is
 if you are interested in having a look.


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