Tsutsumimono Orikata Hinagata ["Examples of Ways to Fold Envelopes"]
[Japan, ca. Meiji period (1868-1911)?].
A collection of 54 samples of papers folded in specific ways for various occasions. Rules for the correct presentation of gifts and offerings spread among the warrior class in the early Edo period and were taught to women in the following centuries as Ogasawara School conventions. The papers in this set were probably folded by a teacher or student of orikata etiquette. Most of the papers are captioned by hand with the name of the item they should enclose.
A set of 54 folded paper samples, housed in original paper wrapping. Wear, occasional stains, folds, and small wormholes to samples. Wrapping measures approximately 26 x 12 cm, samples vary in size.