Origami Samuri Helmet Project
The Samurai were prestigious social classes reigning from 12th century Japan, to around 1877. Trained in Bushido “way of the warrior,” they focused on ethical self discipline, loyalty, and education. Women and men were trained in martial arts, and prepared to give their lives for family and community. Warriors wore elaborate, highly functional uniforms, with distinctive helmets, the subject matter for this art project. Origami is the technique used here, an art of paperfolding which also began in Japan. You can see what the Samurai helmet and uniform looked like in this 1870 photo of a Samurai Commander.