ORIAMI is the world’s first foldable metallic mesh, which was born from Fabric metals*. Japanese traditional culture "Origami," the art of folding paper which Japan boasts to world and the technology of ISHIKAWA WIRE NETTING Co., Ltd. were fused to create a special metallic mesh with which anybody can make shapes freely.
* What are Fabric metals? Fablic metals are decorative metallic mesh made improvements to conventional industrial wire netting. It is a raw material having designability in addition to the functionability inherent to metallic mesh. They are widely used for metal products, lighting equipment, jewelries, stationaries, indoor articles, fabric products, clothes, ornaments, interior materials and toys.
Creation and original work by Oriami Art Club / Mariko Miyamoto
In Oriami Art Club aiming at spreading ORIAMI Technology, and how to use it.
The word "Origami" was created from "Oru" meaning "to fold" and "kami" meaning "paper." It is a pastime to make a shape from a square paper only by folding without cutting by scissors. It is well integrated in Japanese life as it is said that there is no one but know it. Origami art has been inherited in the long history reflecting various Japanese cultures.
Early in the 7th century, "paper" introduced from Asian continent to Japan was developed into thin but strong Japanese paper by ingenious device of the Japanese. The paper became to be used for wrapping the offerings to god, and as folding lines are formed while wrapping, "Girei-ori" (ceremoniarl paper folding) was invented to decorate the wrap beautifully by folding. This "Girei-ori" has handed down to gift money envelopes for congratulatory money given by those attended in wedding ceremonies nowadays.
In the Edo era (1603-1868), thanks to the incease of paper production volume, "Origami" became popular among the ordinary people as a favorable pastime. The world’s first Origami textbook was issued in 1797.
Having lived compactly in a narrow land, Japanese people understand that putting things away effectively and leaving nothing unnecessary in a room is the beauty. We still have the habit of folding clothes and even beddings into small to put them away in the closet every day. Japanese sense of beauty to make shapes smaller and neater by folding has been inherited in Origami, too. The art of Origami also came down to the Miura map fold invented by Prof. Koryo Miura, honorary professor of Tokyo University, which has been applied to solar panel arrays for space satellites.
The most popular shape made by Origami is "orizuru". "Orizuru" are the simbol of long life in Japan, and tradition has it that folding one thousand paper cranes "orizuru" can cure an incurable disease and give a longer life. The custom to give a string of a thousand "orizuru" praying for recovery to an inpatient still remains now. Moreover, among the Star Festivals in Japan held on the 7th of July every year, one thousand "orizuru" are displayed with a prayer at famous "Sendai Tanabata" (Star Festival in Sendai), in stead of decorating bamboos with strips of paper with wishes written as in the other places.
ORIAMI is flexible like fabric, firm like paper, thin and light, and foldable to make shapes freely like Origami. Since it is water and moisture resistant and possible to retain the shape for a long time, it is preferably used for hand-made gift to close friend.
ORIAMI was developed by ISHIKAWA WIRE NETTING Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo. ISHIKAWA WIRE NETTING was founded in 1922, a long-established company specialized in wire netting and perforated metal. The president and CEO, Yukio Ishikawa, believes "no challenge is the same as "degeneration" in this changing world" and the company has strived for technical innovation by developing original machine and tools, devices, dies and softwares on its own.
President Ishikawa has never been satisfied with the achievements. He thought of new application of wire netting not only for industrial products but for something enjoyable for general consumers. "Wire nettings have "rigid, cold and inhuman" images. Wiping away such negative images, let’s create a product to make people feel the beauty and massiveness particular to metal!"
Thus trial and error with wire netting by skilled artisans began. They tried to make toys first, but one day, a bright idea came to one artican, when he was looking at wire netting and thinknig "How can I do to make this wire netting more fun to use?" The idea was to fold a wire netting to make a crane like Origami. He did make an "orizuru" with playful mind and showed it to people around him, and received a great response, such as "Just a familiar "orizuru", but it looks like a beautiful art work!", "I want to make it!" and more.
Hearing such voices, Ishikawa thought "Not pleasure of using but "pleasure of making" would be the feature of product to make more people happy." He finally decided to commercialize "Origami made by wire mesh."
However, though skilled artisan could fold a metallic mesh with his technique, it was difficult for ordinary people to fold, with a risk of injury. Therefore, a special metallic mesh was developed. Woven with a metal wire as thin as 20 micron, which is thinner than a hair indeed, like textile, this metallic mesh can be folded easily by anybody. This extra fine 20 micron wire can be made of various materials including stainless steel, copper, brass, alminum and titanium, which could realize a thin, light and flexible mesh without sacrificing durability.
In addition, instructed by Ms. Mariko Miyamoto, Origami artist and supervisor of Nippon Origami Association, as a technical advisor, we have made improvements on the product so that everybody from kids (older than 10 years) to elderly people can play safely.
"Origami is named by "Oru (to fold) "Kami (paper)." This product is "Oru (foldable)" "Ami (wire mesh)," so let’s name it "ORIAMI." Thus the world’s first "ORIAMI" was released.
With ORIAMI, you can form various shapes, not to mention Origami, but even out of category of Origami. ORIAMI has refined brightness, soft curve and massive feeling particular to metal products. As it can maintain the original shape for a long time, it would be the best for hand-made gifts.
Flowers are the popular shapes of Origami. Carefully folded flower petals shine more elegantly by ORIAMI’s light transmission feature.
ORIAMI possesses both elegant brightness unique to metal and soft curve like fabric, so you can make brooches, pendants, earings and Kanzashi (traditional ornamental hairpin in Japan for women to tie and arrange long hair up).
Making the most of the durability and texture of ORIAMI, you can make your daily pouches and bags with the shape you like. As ORIAMI can release water, it is also suitable for a swimming bag to be used around swimming pool and seaside.
Please enjoy the beauty of ORIAMI inheriting Japanese tradition and technology.