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Non-Modular Pinwheel Tatos

Information About This Set of Items

Click on any origami item shown in the image below for a bigger image and more info.

Opened View

Pinwheel-Shaped Tato Diagram

*Note that two numbers are given for the size of a pinwheel-shaped tato.
The larger number is for the long diameter of a closed tato, as shown in Diagram A.
The smaller number defines the square "pouch" inside the tato where messages or money may be placed. This square shape is visible on the back of the closed model, as shown in Diagram B.

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Set ID #:6018
Category:Non-Modular -- Small Pinwheel-Shaped
Tato Size*: 10.8 cm (4.3 in) and
5.4 cm (2.1 in)
Tato Height: 1 cm (0.4 in) 
Style:Non-Modular Pinwheel - Hidakazari Tato
Designer:Tomoko Fuse
Design Source:Cranes and Fans: Origami Collection 4 by Tomoko Fuse (Chikuma Shobo, 1993)  >> Click here
Paper Type: Tuttle Publishing Double-Sided Origami Folding Papers - Kimono Patterns - Jumbo Pack
Tuttle Publishing Double-Sided High-Quality Origami Paper - Kimono Patterns (100 Sheets)
Tuttle Publishing Double-Sided High-Quality Origami Paper - Value Pack - Cherry Blossoms
Tuttle Publishing Double-Sided Origami Folding Papers - Japanese Designs - Jumbo Pack
Sheet Size:15.2 cm (6 in) Square
Sheets Used:1
Paper Source: Amazon
Comments:These fancy pinwheel-shaped tatos feature beautiful fan-fold decorations. The model looks complicated, but it is not difficult to make.
These are good examples of the traditional tato form: a self-closing flat pouch/purse or envelope, usually made from a single sheet of paper.
In Japan, tatos were traditionally used as coin purses or to hold small items like buttons, needles, and thread.
You could use tatos like the ones shown here for sending messages or money gifts to the special people in your life -- or perch some of these tatos on the branches of your holiday tree.
The beauty of these Hidakazari Tatos depends heavily on a color change effect, so double-sided paper is a must for this model.
To open a Hidakazari Tato, grasp any fan-fold decoration and also the one opposite to it, then gently pull them apart/outward. Once the tato is partially open, place your fingers inside and continue to spread the sides apart, but don't flatten the model completely.
Closing this type of tato is easy because folded paper has "memory." Quite often a partially unfolded model will "remember" its previous configuration and will readily return to that state with only a little coaxing.
In this case, gently press all sides of the tato inward. The fan-fold decorations will naturally collapse down and toward the center, restoring the tato to its closed/flat state.
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