Origami Umbrella, Cigarrete Wrapper "Wagasa"


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A beautiful example of Japanese American folk art, this origami umbrella has been assembled from meticulously folded cigarette wrappers to form a five-petaled flower. As indicated in the photos, the flower appears intact whether the umbrella is viewed from above or below, while the umbrella itself does not fold. Making such umbrellas became a popular pastime and a highly skilled source of self-expression for internment camp detainees during World War II. Today, they survive as evidence of detainees' resourcefulness, gaman and cultural pride in the face of unjust imprisonment. The umbrella is 6 inches in diameter and, from pole tip to pole tip, roughly six inches long.

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