Arabian Dhow (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Arabian Dhow (Designed by Ancella Simoes)

This is a design I came up with in February 2020. The inspiration behind this model is the traditional ‘dhow’ which one sees regularly plying the creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and other gulf countries. These small boats usually have 1 or 2 sails and look lovely sailing over the creek by the setting sun. Having grown up in Dubai, these boats always make me nostalgic of my earliest years. Dhows usually have lateen rigging and were historically used for trade purposes – ferrying fruits, vegetables, heavy equipment and other items between gulf countries, Pakistan, India and East Africa. The dhow was known for two distinct features i.e. it’s lateen sail (triangular sail) and stitched construction in olden times. The sails powered it to its destination and this vessel was a major transportation for a thriving trade during those times. Today, tourists enjoy boat rides along the creek in this vessel. They are also used to ferry people across short distances.

My design showcases the lateen sails with two masts and I have shaped these sails a bit. It is folded from a single sheet of paper preferably duo colored, and one can use any type of paper to fold this model. A square sheet, the size of which is at least 6 inches, will work and this will result in the finished model measuring approx 5 inches in length. I have used triple tissue paper to fold this model, prepared by sticking 3 sheets of tissue paper together using MC. This was a little experiment for me since I needed duo colored paper for my fold and I had paper remaining from my previous folding project. However, this model does not require thin paper to fold – almost any kind of paper will suffice. I started folding this model with regular post it notes to get the form and shape and then moved on from there to test out how it will look with tissue paper.

Diagrams for this model are published in the British Origami Magazine #321. You can see a review for this edition here.

Florucha (Design by Isa Klien)

Florucha (Design by Isa Klein)

I folded a simple design today after a long break from folding. I have been side tracked with work and a lot of other things going on which kept me quite busy.

This particular design has been quite popular on Facebook, especially, with both the designer and other folders creating lovely patterns and incorporating fancy add-ons such as tassels, beads and strings to their designs.

One point worth mentioning about this design is that it is difficult to incorporate some of the folds – especially int he ‘petals’ area – if the paper you have is too thick. The thick craft paper you get in the supermarkets may not be a good choice for this at all.

Paper to use:
This floral pattern can be folded from any kind of paper, especially if the paper itself has a pretty pattern. Wrapping paper, kami paper is a good choice for this design. The minimum size of paper sheet required is approx 15 cm. 2 sheets of paper are required which you will then have to cut into 6 strips of equal length (i.e. 3 strips out of a single sheet). Pasting a thin sheet of paper such as tissue paper on the back side of this patterned paper will give the completed model a nice contrasting look.

How to fold a Florucha:
Isa Klein of Diagramas & Cia has taken the effort to create and record instructions on folding this prety design. She also demonstrates, in her instructional video, on how to attach the glass bead at the center, a tassel and string in order to make this a hanging ornament or as a gift.

Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I came up with this design spending a lazy afternoon at home this weekend. It’s been really hot and incredibly sunny these days, so it’s quite impossible to go out during the daytime.

Coming back to this new deign of mine, this is a 6 unit model resembling a ring. I have folded this model using regular origami paper or Kami paper measuring 3 inches in size, square shaped. Post-Its are also a good option for folding these models. These sheets of paper I used were single side colored. I started folding with the colored side down to get the patterns on the top side of the finished units.

Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Tripoli (Design by Ancella Simoes)

In the picture above, you can see my test model (yellow/orange colored paper) as well as the ‘properly folded’ model (pink/purple cherry blossom paper) of my design. The design is based on a waterbomb base and contains an open sink in the folding sequence. Other than this sink, the rest of the folds are all regular mountain and valley folds which are pretty easy.

The other picture in this post shows the side view of the design – the sinks which are flattened to form a design. Each of the units are interlocked and the ‘sun rays’ like projections in the center firm keep the units in place. These projections are only on one side of the model; the rear of the model does not have these – see the yellow colored model in the image above.

I have named this new design of mine ‘Tripoli’ in honor of the new found freedom of the Libyan people.

I hope you like this new design of mine!