What is Kirigami?

Origami’s easier, less complicated cousin.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

(Inside Science) -- Dr. Toen Castle, of the University of Pennsylvania says, “Kirigami is a lot like origami, but you also get to cut. And that ability to make cuts, to use scissors, if you’re thinking of using paper -- that ability to cut gives you always extra possibilities, as well as the chance to make new things, that you otherwise couldn’t make. It also means you can make things much more simply, because whenever you make origami, there’s a lot of very fine, fiddly folds, and you have to do things in a very certain, specific order. With kirigami, things are just so much easier.”

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Yuen Yiu is a former staff writer for Inside Science. He's a Ph.D. physicist and fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. Follow Yuen on Twitter: @fromyiutoyou.