source : Origami Tanteidan Convention #6 by Takashi Hojyo


In origami, symbols are used to describe the differents steps of folding a model.
These symbols, used by folders all over the world, are described in this section.

You are not obliged to study the symbols at once.
At the end of each level, you'll be able to put into practice what you learn with diagrams, first easy, then, more and more complex.


Level 1 : Simple folds et symbols

The valley fold
The valley fold is represented by a succession of lines :


The arrow means "fold in front".

The moutain fold
The mountain fold is represented by a succession of lines and points :


The arrow means "fold behind".



Other symbols

This symbol means "turn back the paper" :




This symbol means "fold, then unfold" :




This symbol means "fold and fold again" :




This symbol means "zigzag fold" :




This symbol means "push" :

   This fold is called "inside reverse fold"



This symbol means "open the paper" :

   This fold is called "outside reverse fold"



This symbol means "do the same thing where indicated" :




Great ! You know simple folds and symbols, you can now practice with easy diagrams.

When it will be done, go to the next level !